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The puffer fish has the unique capacity of sucking in water and becoming blown up like a balloon in order to scare its predators. Moreover, the entrails and the gonads of this fish contain tetrodotoxin, a deadly neurotoxin, that if swallowed can even kill a man in a few minutes. In Japan, the puffer fish is considered a real delicacy and is called ‘fugu’. To learn to prepare this poisonous fish, chefs must attend a specialised school and yet, despite all these precautions, many people still die in Japan after having eaten the famous fugu!