Egypt. Professor Mehmet Gökoglu from the Faculty of Aquaculture of Akdeniz University, known for his underwater diving, this time studied the seabed near the coast of the resort center and issued a conclusion.
The scientist noted that the Mediterranean Sea was indeed inhabited by schools of puffer fish, which arrived in Turkey through Egypt. Their path to the Mediterranean turned out to be very long, the expert explained. Fugu came from the Indian Ocean through the Red Sea in Egypt to the Mediterranean, as the temperature in the latter rose significantly. However, tourists can not be afraid of small creatures and calmly go to sea, the researcher noted.
Meteorologists have warned that the air temperature in Turkish Antalya in July is approaching +40°C, and the sea water temperature has already risen to +27°C. The warm sea water along the city's coastline has attracted unusual fish. Gökoglu added that the nutritional physiology of the fish has also changed. In this regard, he reported the following: “They constantly pursued us during our dives, swam in flocks next to our feet. They are very cute creatures. They have green and blue eyes. They were not afraid of us, so we took them in our hands and stroked their stomachs. At this time, they immediately inflated and took the form of a ball – this is how they activated the defense mechanisms. However, with other large puffer fish, you need to be careful, because. they can damage the skin. In addition, they can bite, but they do not have very strong jaws, so they certainly will not cause harm.
The new inhabitants of the Mediterranean did not please coastal Turkish fishermen. The professor explained that fish often eat the bait on the rods and cut the line.
Help: Fugu (Torquigener) is a genus of puffer fish that lives in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Their name comes from their ability to build circular structures on the sandy seabed. There are no scales on the fugu's body, but its skin is covered with prickly needles of various lengths, usually its size is comparable to the size of a human palm. Contains a lethal dose of tetrodotoxin in the internal organs, mainly in the liver and caviar, gallbladder and skin. The liver and caviar of this fish are the most poisonous, so they are not eaten, the rest of the body can only be eaten after careful special processing.
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