True love found 80 feet down on the ocean floor.
I think my husband could be a slacker. Look what this minuscule (5-inch) creature can pull off — in 10 days’ time — to attract a mate. Josh is always trying to find new ways to court me, and I think I need to share this report.
Not long ago, off the southern tip of Japan, a dedicated oceanic photographer named Amami Oshima discovered what he initially called a “mystery circle” — a shockingly intricate, rippling geometric pattern nearly 6-feet wide on the ocean floor. Well it turns out, the master architect of this stunning example of “environmental art” is a tiny pufferfish. He creates the mandala-like nest with his fins, digging furrows to attract the attention of passing female puffers (Click video, above.)
Experts aren’t sure exactly what the females are looking for when they assess a male’s nest. It could be the patterns of fine sand, the decorations on the outside, or the nest’s size or perfect symmetry. But they do know that because the process is so time-consuming, a larger nest could indicate a stronger or “more fit”male suitor — both desirable traits to females.
Dudes: Take note.