Animal behavior

I've been interested in ideas related to home/habitat for awhile now. This probably started a few years ago when my own domestication occurred:) Now that I'm expecting a baby, I'm always intrigued by the ways other animals attract mates. I saw this story not too long ago and it reminded me of the male bower bird, known for making a swanky abode in order to attract a lady.

Checking his work

Finished product
This latest story is about a Japanese puffer fish who creates an intricate design on the sandy floor of the ocean in order to attract a lady and protect her eggs. The underwater photographer who first found this thought it was the work of an artist, since this was an unknown phenomenon.

Hard at work

Apparently the area in the middle is where the eggs go and the shapes around it are designed to protect the eggs from waves and currents. So smart!