Pufferfish Displays Elegant 'Olympic Ribbon Twirling Routine' as It Takes Care of Business

A pufferfish’s surprisingly elegant poop was recorded off the coast of Victoria, Australia, video uploaded on May 18 shows.

Jules Casey, who frequently posts underwater footage to her OneBreathDiver Instagram account, shared video of the pufferfish pooping while diving at Rye Pier, saying "it’s like an Olympic ribbon twirling routine.

“The white thing trailing is the casing, which will eventually drop off,” Casey told Storyful.

“Some people are suggesting that this ribbon is caused by parasites inside the fish,” Casey said. While she couldn’t find any information to confirm this, she added that several of her pufferfish “aren’t looking very healthy for some unknown reason.” Credit: Jules Casey via Storyful

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