All puffed out: do pufferfish hold their breath while inflated?

Today we get to discuss…. pufferfish! When they’re startled, these cute little buddies can inflate their stomachs with water to an extent that even Takeru Kobayashi would envy. To achieve this feat, pufferfish “inhale” the water through their gills. And up to now, it’s been assumed that while inflated, pufferfish then “hold their breath” (meaning stop using their gills) and instead absorb oxygen through their skin. However, these scientists have collected data showing that at least one spe

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