When the diver in this video came across a den of sleeping sharks, he thought it best to let them catch up on their beauty sleep.
It is a den of sharks, after all.
But just a few moments into this surreptitious nap snap, an unexpected visitor come into frame. A curious puffer fish makes its way into view after lurking in the shadows.
Perhaps it just wanted to say “hello.” Perhaps it had an urgent question to ask. Or perhaps, it was just trying to warn the diver that there was danger nearby.
To be fair, as Redditor u/f87thar pointed out, the little fish’s arrival in front of a cluster of sharks is ironic, “because the puffer’s tetrodotoxin is way more lethal than whatever those sharks are packing.”
Other redditors offered up suggestion as to what the puffer fish might say, had it the capacity to speak English, or at least a close facsimile.
“Please avoid flash photography,” commented u/Tennisman625.
“He’s their bodyguard. ‘No pictures. I said NO PICTURES!'” wrote u/Offamylawn
“U don’t want to see me startled,” suggested u/hospitalizedGanny.
“You got any games on your mobile?” commented u/RamboLoops.
“Bro! Get back! Those are sharks man! They eat us. Backup and be cool,” suggested u/kage11217.
“I feel like it’s more like ‘I’m over here! I’m the real star of this show! They’re lazy bums sleeping on the job!'” wrote u/Eyehopeuchoke
Whatever the little fish was trying to do, one thing is for certain, puffer fish are downright adorable when they are not trying to kill you. Even when they are, it’s still a little adorable. Some of the cutest killers in the world, these timid little Tetraodontidae.
See more of this fishy photobomb in the video below.
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.