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Fri Aug 23, 2013, 09:32 PM

Amazing Little Puffer Fish Creates Ocean Floor ‘Crop Circles’ … Now with Video





Right around this time last year, news broke about the discovery of an amazing little puffer fish capable of creating elaborately designed ‘crop circles’ at the bottom of the ocean as part of an elaborate mating ritual. The behavior was first documented by a photographer named Yoji Ookata who later returned with a film crew from the Japanese nature show NHK which later aired an episode about the fish.

Even as articles bounced around the web it was still difficult to imagine how a tiny fish could create such a large design in the sand, even when staring directly at photographic evidence. Finally, video has emerged that shows just how the little guy delicately traverses the sand in a rotating criss-cross pattern to create a sort of subaquatic spirograph. The textured sand sculpture not only attracts mates but also serves as protection when the fish pair and lays eggs.

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/08/mysterious-underwater-crop-circles-now-with-video/

So Cute!

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Reply Amazing Little Puffer Fish Creates Ocean Floor ‘Crop Circles’ … Now with Video (Original post)
n2doc Aug 2013 OP
Just Saying Aug 2013 #1
alittlelark Aug 2013 #2
mimi85 Aug 2013 #3
BlueJazz Aug 2013 #4
Solly Mack Aug 2013 #5
reusrename Aug 2013 #9
Solly Mack Aug 2013 #12
Egnever Aug 2013 #6
longship Aug 2013 #7
tclambert Aug 2013 #8
Judi Lynn Aug 2013 #10
1monster Aug 2013 #11

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 09:49 PM

1. K&R

So cool!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 10:04 PM

2. KnR for waaay cool!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 11:26 PM

3. Rachel would dig this! nt

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 11:46 PM

4. Cute & Cool !

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 12:13 AM

5. I was like "Neat!" and then the little fucker decorated with a shell and I was like "WOW!"

How awesome is that!?!?

Very.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 01:03 PM

9. Man, he buried that shell, too.

 

He went into 4wd low gear there for a second.

Lot's of torque.


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Response to reusrename (Reply #9)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 06:57 PM

12. Very impressive indeed.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 12:52 AM

6. Wow Amazing!

Thanks for sharing that!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 01:19 AM

7. Puffer fish. Tetrodotoxin!

The Zombie apocalypse is upon us.

Tetrodotoxin

Zombies and Tetrodotoxin

Time to arm ourselves.

N.B., For lazy no click throughs, Puffer fish toxin is one of the origins of zombie lore.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 07:38 AM

8. Obsessive Compulsive Behavior . . . not just for humans anymore.

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Sat Aug 24, 2013, 02:26 PM

10. Doesn't seem possible for a tiny puffer guy. He seemed so confident, too.

So tiny to be building mandalas in the sand.

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Sat Aug 24, 2013, 05:23 PM

11. Wow! Puffer fish are aliens!!! Who knew?

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