Scuba diver Yoji Ookata started encountering mysterious 'underwater crop circles' in the semi-tropical region of Amami Oshima. He was determined to find the unknown artist of the elegant 6.5 ft wide masterpieces! Underwater cameras finally revealed the pesce Picasso-a tiny puffer fish sculpting a love nest to attract a mate. The ridges attract the lady puffers and the two canoodle and lay their eggs in the center of the circle.
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at a deep of a 100 ft this little fish creates this symmetrical patterns using a single fin. the bumps and grooves lures the females and eventually the eggs are deposit at the center. the fortification protects against currents and predators. unbelivable! investigation by yoji ookata
Photo and caption by Jason Moore I found this pufferfish inflated at the surface while freediving. It looked like it was carrying the weight of the island on its back like the mythology of Atlas carrying the world on his shoulders. photo location Olowalu, Maui