Porcupine puffer found on Norfolk beach


Experts are baffled by the appearance of a dead Porcupine puffer which has washed up on a Norfolk beach.

According to a story on BBC\'s Look East television news programme, the massive puffer fish, washed up on the beach at Winterton-on-Sea, a small seaside town on the coast of Norfolk in eastern England.

The fish appears to be a member of Diodon genus, weighs in at around 8lbs and measures well over 40cm/15\" in length.

An expert from CEFAS, who identified the fish, told Look East that the fish had either travelled their on the Gulf Stream or had been dumped by a fishkeeper.

The find represents a first for British waters.

We believe the fish may be Diodon hystrix. This species is extremely widespread through the tropics and has been known to occur in the Mediterranean.

Whatever the species, it is an extremely unusual find for UK waters.