08-20-2007, 04:36 PM
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Chris - Before he deflated to the size in the picture, he did look like a balloon! He was literally a ball with eyes and it even took us a while to locate his eyes!
Kate - They puff up by drawing in water when they are frightened. I'm not sure what spooked Shamu here. I have heard that they can do themselves damage by puffing, and I've been concerned for my fish's welfare each time I've caught him doing it. Fortunately he has only done it several times since we've got him.
You'd think he'd know better with all of the public service announcements teaching that puffing is wrong!