A Mysterious Sea Circle and its Underwater Artist

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We've talked about how certain fish in Japan are popular, recurring, motifs in the country's artwork. But, would you have ever guessed that a fish would assume the role of artist? After the jump, we'll crack the mystery of the deep sea circles that have gained notoriety since their 'discovery' by underwater photographer Yoji Ookata.

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While diving off the Amami Islands, freelance underwater photographer Yoji Ookata spotted something he’d never before seen in his 50 years on the job. Him and a team set up cameras to ‘catch’ the artist in action.

Image via Colossal

Ookata began his stint as an underwater photographer when he got his scuba diving licence at the age of 21. His first camera? A brand new NIKONOS, 35mm film camera designed for underwater photography.

Images via Colossal

Just as Ookata has had all this time to have perfected his artform, so has the little artist of the sea circles that are a mystery no more. The attention-to-detail puffer fish uses only one fin to create the ridges that are almost evenly spaced in the giant circle that actually reminds me of a Mon (Japanese emblem used to identify a family). Well, perhaps it’s not a crest but it does have to do with family as the grooves are where the fish mate and lay their eggs!

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Try your own hand at exploring the deep blue? Grab your first film camera, fire up with passion such as Ookata did, and snap on a The Fisheye Submarine!

Information for this article was taken from spoon-tamago

The Fisheye Submarine is the Big Dipper of all underwater camera cases – it takes the Fisheye experience to a whole new level! It is compatible with both the Fisheye One and Fisheye No. 2. Get your own Fisheye Submarine and have a wet and wonderful time!

written by soundfoodaround on 2012-09-20 in #news #mystery #fish #japan #circles #pattern #underwater-camera #nikonos #sea #puffer-fish

2 Comments

  1. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    Interesting.

  2. ghostcopy
    ghostcopy ·

    that is cool

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