25 Sep '12, 3pm

Amazing underwater 'crop circles' spun by Japanese puffer fish

Underwater photographer Yoji Ookata has spent 50 years exploring the ocean depths, but the sight of massive underwater patterns resembling the crop circles celebrated by UFO enthusiasts still surprised him. The "mystery circle" as he called it was more than six feet in diameter and contained intricate patterns of ridges and radiating out from the center. What on earth could have created these amazing structures located 80 feet below the surface of the ocean? Ookata returned to the depths with a TV crew to find out. As revealed last week in a Japanese television special entitled "The Discovery of the Century: Deep Sea Mystery Circle," the patterns were not caused by aliens or underwater currents but by a tiny puffer fish. Puffer fish are valued in Japan as a delicacy known as sashimi chiri , which can cause mild intoxication or, in rare cases, death due to an incredibly pow...

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