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Inflation is not always a bad thing especially if you are a creature trying to scare off predators, attract mates or protect your territory. Check out this gallery of puffed up animals including frigatebirds courting by expanding their bright red gular pouches, frogs advertising using their vocal sacs and porcupinefish expanding their whole spiky bodies to warn off predators. Did you know that walruses puff up two air pouches in their necks to stay buoyant while floating, male prairie chickens can be heard a mile away when using their sacs to boom and hooded seals expand a balloon-like sac from their nostril during courtship and territorial disputes?
Guineafowl Pufferfish (Arothron meleagris) inflated in defense display, Hawaii  -  Norbert Wu
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00135306 Guineafowl Pufferfish (Arothron meleagris) inflated in defense display, Hawaii© Norbert Wu
Malagasy Tomato Frog (Dyscophus antongilii) adult, inflated in defensive posture, sitting on leaf, Madagascar  -  Bernd Rohrschneider/ FLPA
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80147662 Malagasy Tomato Frog (Dyscophus antongilii) adult, inflated in defensive posture, sitting on leaf, Madagascar© Bernd Rohrschneider / FLPA
Hooded Seal (Cystophora cristata) adult male, with inflated balloon-like sac from nostril, inflatable hood and membrane used for aggressive display when threatened and as warning during breeding seaso...  -  Gerard Lacz/ FLPA
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80158416 Hooded Seal (Cystophora cristata) adult male, with inflated balloon-like sac from nostril, inflatable hood and membrane used for aggressive display when threatened and as warning during breeding seaso...© Gerard Lacz / FLPA
Ostrich (Struthio camelus) male calling, Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa
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00560598 Ostrich (Struthio camelus) male calling, Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa© Richard Du Toit
European Tree Frog (Hyla arborea) calling, Switzerland  -  Thomas Marent
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00449884 European Tree Frog (Hyla arborea) calling, Switzerland© Thomas Marent
Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) female checking out courting male with pouch fully inflated, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00444176 Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) female checking out courting male with pouch fully inflated, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Siamang, (Symphalangus syndactylus), adult calling portrait, captive, Southeast Asiacaptive
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80197022 Siamang, (Symphalangus syndactylus), adult calling portrait, captive, Southeast Asiacaptive© Jurgen & Christine Sohns
Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina) bull calling in dominance display, Ocean Harbour, South Georgia Island
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00645823 Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina) bull calling in dominance display, Ocean Harbour, South Georgia Island© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Abyssinian Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus abyssinicus) adult male, close-up of head  -  Jurgen and Christine Sohns/ FLPA
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80072855 Abyssinian Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus abyssinicus) adult male, close-up of head© Jurgen & Christine Sohns / FLPA
Adult male Common Eider Somateria mollissima head back,inflated chest displaying in the sea of Seahouses harbour in Northumberland,in march.
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80201437 Adult male Common Eider Somateria mollissima head back,inflated chest displaying in the sea of Seahouses harbour in Northumberland,in march.© Phil McLean
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus), Svalbard, Norway
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00583182 Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus), Svalbard, Norway© Heike Odermatt
Ground Agama (Agama aculeata) inflating its body to make itself more difficult to be swallow by a predator, South Africa  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00477105 Ground Agama (Agama aculeata) inflating its body to make itself more difficult to be swallow by a predator, South Africa© Piotr Naskrecki
Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori) in courtship display, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
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00556197 Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori) in courtship display, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania© Theo Allofs
Twig Snake (Thelotornis capensis) inflating throat in threat display, South Africa  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00510515 Twig Snake (Thelotornis capensis) inflating throat in threat display, South Africa© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Twig Snake (Thelotornis capensis) inflating throat in threat display, South Africa  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00510514 Twig Snake (Thelotornis capensis) inflating throat in threat display, South Africa© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Colubrid Snake (Elaphe sp) inflates its throat when threatened  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240458 Colubrid Snake (Elaphe sp) inflates its throat when threatened© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus), Uganda  -  Martin Willis
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00512993 Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus), Uganda© Martin Willis
Hooded Seal (Cystophora cristata) adult male, with inflated balloon-like sac from nostril, inflatable hood and membrane used for aggressive display when threatened and as warning during breeding seaso...  -  Gerard Lacz/ FLPA
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80158417 Hooded Seal (Cystophora cristata) adult male, with inflated balloon-like sac from nostril, inflatable hood and membrane used for aggressive display when threatened and as warning during breeding seaso...© Gerard Lacz / FLPA
Black-blotched Porcupinefish (Diodon liturosus) inflated in defensive posture, Indonesia  -  Hans Leijnse/ NiS
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70000028 Black-blotched Porcupinefish (Diodon liturosus) inflated in defensive posture, Indonesia© Hans Leijnse/ NiS
Star Pufferfish (Arothron stellatus) juvenile, swimming, Lembeh Island, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Colin Marshall/ FLPA
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80093375 Star Pufferfish (Arothron stellatus) juvenile, swimming, Lembeh Island, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Colin Marshall / FLPA
Starry Pufferfish (Arothron stellatus) juvenile, Lembeh, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Dray van Beeck/ NiS
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70028699 Starry Pufferfish (Arothron stellatus) juvenile, Lembeh, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Dray van Beeck/ NiS
Porcupinefish (Diodon nicthemerus) in defensive posture, Port Phillip Bay, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
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00586845 Porcupinefish (Diodon nicthemerus) in defensive posture, Port Phillip Bay, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia© Gary Bell/ Oceanwide
Map Puffer (Arothron mappa) fish juvenile, Indonesia  -  Chris Newbert
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00972989 Map Puffer (Arothron mappa) fish juvenile, Indonesia© Chris Newbert
Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri), Chobe National Park, Botswana
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00578542 Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri), Chobe National Park, Botswana© Martin Willis
Abyssinian Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus abyssinicus) adult male, close-up of throat pouch, tossing up food into beak (captive)  -  Edward Myles/ FLPA
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80138392 Abyssinian Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus abyssinicus) adult male, close-up of throat pouch, tossing up food into beak (captive)© Edward Myles / FLPA
Wreathed Hornbill (Aceros undulatus) male, Malaysia  -  Tim Fitzharris
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00477396 Wreathed Hornbill (Aceros undulatus) male, Malaysia© Tim Fitzharris
Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri), Kruger National Park, South Africa
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00578690 Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri), Kruger National Park, South Africa© Juergen & Christine Sohns
Siamang (Symphalangus syndactylus) adult, calling, with inflated throat sac (captive)  -  Mark Newman/ FLPA
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80162150 Siamang (Symphalangus syndactylus) adult, calling, with inflated throat sac (captive)© Mark Newman / FLPA
Siamang (Symphalangus syndactylus) vocalizing with vocal pouch inflated, native to southeast Asia  -  Konrad Wothe
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00482837 Siamang (Symphalangus syndactylus) vocalizing with vocal pouch inflated, native to southeast Asia© Konrad Wothe
Siamang (Hylobates syndactylus) adult calling, inflated throat sac  -  Mark Newman/ FLPA
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80041076 Siamang (Hylobates syndactylus) adult calling, inflated throat sac© Mark Newman/ FLPA
Siamang (Symphalangus syndactylus) calling, Miami, Florida
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00563124 Siamang (Symphalangus syndactylus) calling, Miami, Florida© Juergen & Christine Sohns
Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) male in courtship display with fully inflated gular air pouch, Tower Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140096 Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) male in courtship display with fully inflated gular air pouch, Tower Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) male with inflated pouch, Hood Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00427313 Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) male with inflated pouch, Hood Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) displaying male with inflated gular air pounch and female at nest site, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Mexico  -  Donald M. Jones
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00497919 Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) displaying male with inflated gular air pounch and female at nest site, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Mexico© Donald M. Jones
Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) adult, in flight, with backlit gular sac, captive  -  Richard Costin/ FLPA
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80085180 Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) adult, in flight, with backlit gular sac, captive© Richard Costin/ FLPA
Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) adult, feeding, fishing in pool, Okavango Delta, Botswana  -  Dickie Duckett/ FLPA
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80120297 Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) adult, feeding, fishing in pool, Okavango Delta, Botswana© Dickie Duckett / FLPA
Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) portrait, Kenya  -  Tim Fitzharris
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00172105 Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) portrait, Kenya© Tim Fitzharris
Greater Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido) adult male 'booming', Missouri  -  S & D & K Maslowski/ FLPA
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80043233 Greater Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido) adult male 'booming', Missouri© S & D & K Maslowski / FLPA
Greater Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido) male booming in courtship display, South Dakota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00056273 Greater Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido) male booming in courtship display, South Dakota© Jim Brandenburg
Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) male displaying on lek with inflated air sacs, eastern Montana  -  Donald M. Jones
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00432286 Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) male displaying on lek with inflated air sacs, eastern Montana© Donald M. Jones
Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina) male calling, Puerto Madryn, Argentina
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00574628 Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina) male calling, Puerto Madryn, Argentina© Agustin Esmoris
Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris) older bull calling, Ano Nuevo State Reserve, California  -  Ingo Arndt
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00762307 Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris) older bull calling, Ano Nuevo State Reserve, California© Ingo Arndt
Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris) bull on the beach, San Simeon, California  -  Winfried Wisniewski
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70015473 Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris) bull on the beach, San Simeon, California© Winfried Wisniewski
Mottled Shovel-nosed Frog (Hemisus marmoratus) inflating itself to make itself more difficult to be swallowed by predators, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298613 Mottled Shovel-nosed Frog (Hemisus marmoratus) inflating itself to make itself more difficult to be swallowed by predators, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa© Piotr Naskrecki
Mexican Burrowing Toad (Rhinophrynus dorsalis) inflates when threatened or calling, native to Texas and Costa Rica  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00511664 Mexican Burrowing Toad (Rhinophrynus dorsalis) inflates when threatened or calling, native to Texas and Costa Rica© Michael & Patricia Fogden
European Tree Frog (Hyla arborea) male calling, Netherlands  -  Jelger Herder/ Buiten-beeld
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00515825 European Tree Frog (Hyla arborea) male calling, Netherlands© Jelger Herder/ Buiten-beeld
American Toad (Bufo americanus) calling in spring pond, West Stoney Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301347 American Toad (Bufo americanus) calling in spring pond, West Stoney Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Edible Frog (Rana esculenta) croaking in pond, Germany
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00190178 Edible Frog (Rana esculenta) croaking in pond, Germany© Konrad Wothe
Broad-headed Tree Frog (Phrynohyas resinifictrix) inflating air sacs as defensive behavior, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00216627 Broad-headed Tree Frog (Phrynohyas resinifictrix) inflating air sacs as defensive behavior, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Eastern Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor) calling, Huron Meadows Metropark, Michigan  -  Steve Gettle
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00535845 Eastern Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor) calling, Huron Meadows Metropark, Michigan© Steve Gettle
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