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Artificial Bigness

A lot of species in the animal kingdom try to appear larger in order to ward off predation, but the blowfish, also called a puffer or balloonfish, takes No. 7 in our countdown for its ability to puff up to about twice its normal size in response to a predator's advance. When threatened, blowfish pump air or water into their extremely elastic stomachs to the point of being nearly spherical in shape with their spines and scales protruding. At that point they can barely move, but it doesn't usually matter since they are virtually inedible in that form.

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