15 strange animals of the Red Sea

These marine creatures stand out for their odd appearances.

9 / 16

Masked puffer Masked puffer (Photo: Oksana Golubeva / Shutterstock)

9 / 16

Masked puffer

A native to the Red Sea, the masked puffer is a comical fish with markings resembling those of a panda, earning it the additional nickname of "Panda Puffer." Floating along coral reefs, the masked puffer has an odd way of decorating its home: with sperm. The secretion allows it to hide from visibility as well as from predators that may be trying to sniff it out.

Pufferfish are among the most poisonous vertebrates in the world, and certainly in the ocean, when eaten. Yet the meat of certain pufferfish is a delicacy in East Asian cuisine. We'll stick to observing it from afar for now.

Photos and SlideshowsPhotos and Slideshows