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Pufferfish uses sand as its medium for incredible undersea art

By Leonard Ho - Posted Aug 20, 2013 09:00 AM
Mysterious geometric "crop circles" - some as large as six feet in diameter 80 feet below the surface - were recently observed on the sandy seabeds of Amami Oshima in Southern Japan. Upon closer inspection, divers discovered that a small pufferfish was responsible for these masterful artwork! Amazing video has surfaced of the artist in action.
Pufferfish uses sand as its medium for incredible undersea art

Not aliens. A fish made this.

Male puffers create these sand sculptures to attract potential mates.  Scientists observed that the larger the nesting area, the greater the chance a male would attract the attention of females.  Females will swim to the middle to consummate with the artist of their liking then lay her eggs in the center of the nest.

Even more amazing, these "crop circles" are more than just showsmanship.  Scientists discovered the intricate patterns have hydrodynamic purpose!  The ridges and grooves help to minimize ocean current at the center of the nest, thereby protecting the eggs from turbulence and the likely protecting its occupants from predators.

Sealife is just way too cool.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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