|Clown Triggerfish (Balistoides conspicillum)|
Crime! Villainy! Shooting people! From Batman's Joker to Dick Tracy's Big Boy, it's always the bad guys who get the cool threads, the interesting faces and all the fun. Crime is quite clearly a great, big lark! True joy and contentment is just one petty larceny away.
Queen Triggerfish (Balistes vetula)
Triggerfish clearly understand the importance of appearing bright, eye-catching and memorable whenever one goes a-law breaking.
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Picasso Triggerfish (Rhinecanthus aculeatus)
They also don't have guns! Which is good because Triggerfish are noted for their bad temper and fascination with violence. Most Triggerfish are less than 50 cm (20 in) long, which sounds quite small, but then bullets are very small and very bad so it's still good that they don't have that kind of trigger.
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Sargassum Triggerfish (Xanthichthys ringens)
Triggerfish have two dorsal fins, one of which is large and used for swimming. You can always see that one waving to and fro as they make their way through the sea.
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The other is usually held flat against their back so you can barely see it at all. It's quite small, but the important thing about it is that it has three strong, sharp spines.
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Gray Triggerfish (Balistes capriscus) and the spiky dorsal fin
That big spine is locked into place and can only be moved if it's triggered by the second spine. This convoluted thinking is typical of the criminal mind.
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Indian Triggerfish (Melchthys indicus) wearing my crime-committing outfit
Oh, spikes and...
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Titan Triggerfish (Balistoides viridescens) and its titan teeth
Triggerfish don't have a lot of teeth, but the ones they do have are nasty. They have to be for all the cracking, crushing and crunching they get up to. Triggerfish don't eat easy food, they eat hard stuff like crustaceans, shellfish and sea urchins. They'll really tear the place up to get at them, too. Rocks are thrown aside to find food and smaller fish often follow behind to try and get in on the action.
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Orange-striped Triggerfish (Balistapus undulatus)
Triggerfish lay their eggs in a hole dug in the ground. They then unilaterally declare ownership of the surrounding area and viciously defend their territory against all comers.
They don't look like they should be fast, but they are. And while those jaws look small compared to that massive head, it's big enough and strong enough to draw blood and make you cry. And then everyone will laugh at you. And then it'll bite you again.
This is when you run away.
Don't try and be a hero.