They could be the work of a talented scuba diver using precise tools and measurements, but they’re not. Japanese underwater photographer Yoji Ookata, discovered these mysterious circles after almost 50 years of exploring our underwater world. Eighty feet below sea-level and approximately 6.5ft in diameter, Yoji, nor anyone else, had ever seen anything like it. So who is the artist behind these geometric structures carved into the sea bed?
Putting aside extra-terrestrial theories, Yoji got to work with some colleagues and underwater cameras to discover who was behind this amazing phenomenon.
Meet the artist:
Our talented artist is a little puffer fish that creates these geometric structures using nothing but his fins. The puffer works day and night to carve the circular ridges by flapping his fins in the sand. He even gathers small shells, cracks them and decorates his lines! I say he, because this is actually a mating call done by male puffer fish to attract the females with his aquatic sculpture. The grooves and ridges appear to help the females locate the male puffers on the dark endless seabed. Amazingly the two fish will mate and lay their eggs right in the centre of the circle and the decorative shells later serve as important nutrients to the newborn fish.
Nature… why you so amazing?!