Small fish makes undersea "crop circles"


This pretty pattern was created by a small, amorous pufferfish.

Underwater cameras showed that the artist was a small puffer fish who, using only his flapping fin, tirelessly worked day and night to carve the circular ridges. The unlikely artist – best known in Japan as a delicacy, albeit a potentially poisonous one – even takes small shells, cracks them, and lines the inner grooves of his sculpture as if decorating his piece. Further observation revealed that this “mysterious circle” was not just there to make the ocean floor look pretty. Attracted by the grooves and ridges, female puffer fish would find their way along the dark seabed to the male puffer fish where they would mate and lay eggs in the center of the circle. In fact, the scientists observed that the more ridges the circle contained, the more likely it was that the female would mate with the male. The little sea shells weren’t just in vain either. The observers believe that they serve as vital nutrients to the eggs as they hatch, and to the newborns.
The Deep Sea Mystery Circle – a love story



    1. A pufferfish is an organism with an ego so large and prickly that it can be used as a physical defense mechanism.

      They consider explanatory text to be a repulsive pandering to lower-middlebrow pretensions to understanding of Art and refuse to do it, even ironically.

  1. “This pretty pattern was created by a small, amorous pufferfish.”Yeah, that’s what they want you to think.

  2. I dunno, maybe we should get a second opinion from Jacques Vallée regarding the source of these mysterious circles.

  3. Wonderful to think of something this lovely and mysterious being uncovered only now, in 2012…..just imagine what else lies waiting in the depths of the sea and the last untrodden jungle spaces?

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