A GIANT porcupine fish is settling into a new home after being donated by a member of the public.
The fish, named Porky, is one of three large marine species given to the Blue Planet Aquarium by an amateur aquarist.
All are in excellent condition and are being looked after in the aquarium’s quarantine area before going on display.
Also known as the balloon fish and the hedgehog fish, the porcupine fish is probably best known as Bloat the blowfish from the film Finding Nemo.
As well as Porky, the anonymous fishkeeper also donated a queen angel fish and a white spot puffer fish.
Blue Planet Aquarium’s Adam Mitchell said: “All three are doing extremely well and have clearly been very well looked after.
“They are also large, fully mature specimens and will be a great addition to our existing tropical marine displays.
“At the moment visitors can see them as part of our Access All Areas tours and they will be moved in to their own displays over the coming weeks.”
Found throughout the world in tropical waters the porcupine pufferfish gets its name from its ability to puff up when threatened.
A second defence mechanism is provided by the sharp spines, which radiate outwards when the fish is inflated.
Some species are poisonous, having a tetrodotoxin in their internal organs. This neurotoxin is at least 1,200 times more potent than cyanide and is produced by several types of bacteria that are obtained via the fish’s diet.