Animal Update: Baby Striped Burrfish

The National Aquarium is now caring for three baby striped burrfish!

Published January 03, 2019

Two of the new arrivals are spending time at the Animal Care and Rescue Center, while the third baby striped burrfish is currently on exhibit in Maryland: Mountains to the Sea.

Baby striped burrfish

Upon arrival at the Aquarium, the baby striped burrfish were only a few inches long—much smaller than adults, which measure about 10 inches.

While similar in appearance to their cousins—the porcupinefish—the striped burrfish’s short, thick spines are not movable like the spines of the porcupinefish. They have distinct large heads and widely spaced, bulging eyes that are a golden-yellow hue.

Instead of bending their bodies like most fish species, striped burrfish move by waving their pectoral fins and tails. They have the ability to inflate themselves with water when threatened by predators, which are often scared off by those formidable spines.

Stay tuned for more updates on new arrivals at the Aquarium!

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