Wednesday, August 28, 2019

A most unusual artist...









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Source: s://www.livescience.com/40132-underwater-mystery-circles.html
 
In 1995, divers noticed a beautiful, strange circular pattern on the seafloor off Japan, and soon after, more circles were discovered nearby. Some likened these formations to "underwater crop circles." The geometric formations mysteriously came and went, and for more than a decade, nobody knew what made them.
Finally, the creator of these remarkable formations was found: a newly discovered species of pufferfish. Further study showed these small pufferfish make the ornate circles to attract mates. Males laboriously flap their fins as they swim along the seafloor, resulting in disrupted sediment and amazing circular patterns. Although the fish are only about 12 centimeters (5 inches) long, the formations they make measure about 2 meters (7 feet) in diameter.
When the circles are finished, females come to inspect them. If they like what they see, they reproduce with the males, said Hiroshi Kawase, the curator of the Coastal Branch of Natural History Museum and Institute in Chiba, Japan. But nobody knows exactly what the females are looking for in these circles or what traits they find desirable, Kawase told LiveScience.

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6 comments :

  1. All my wife said was, "Why are you making those sand patterns on the bedroom floor? Clean that up right now!"

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    1. LOL! The male species CAN be pretty messy sometimes! :o)

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    1. I can find the oddest stuff on the internet! :o)

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  3. I just popped in to see if you were back. Lo and Behold YOU ARE!!!!! So very happy. I've missed you!

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    1. Thanks Theresa - I have missed everyone too!

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