Masterpiece sand circle constructed by pufferfish to attract its partner is shared as Sudarshan Chakra.


“Sudarsan Chakra” drawn perfectly by a silver fish beneath the sea. Its a miracle of God. Om Govinda.. Hari… Narayana

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A video showing a pattern drawn by a fish underwater is widely circulated to claim that a silverfish has drawn a perfect ‘Sudarshan Chakra’ beneath the sea. This video is viral at least since 2017 with the same claim. Some of the posts with such a claim can be seen here and here.

What is the Truth?

When reverse searching the keyframes of the viral video and with further keyword search we found that it is Japanese pufferfish constructing a masterpiece to attract a female fish for mating.

Kinder World Youtube channel uploaded a video of BBC Earth about 5 years back. This video is found to have matching visuals from the viral video. The video clip circulated on Twitter can be seen from the 2:35-minute timestamp of the Youtube video. This full video is being shared on Facebook as ‘Sudarshan Chakra’.

This video is titled ‘Puffer Fish Constructs A Masterpiece of Love BBC Earth’. And the description part reads “To attract a female fish, the Japanese Pufferfish will work 24 hours a day, for an entire week in a row, to create the most stunning sand art.”

A clip of this video is also found uploaded on the BBC Youtube channel in 2014. It is described that a Japanese pufferfish makes an extraordinary sand sculpture to attract and win a mate.

Another video of a pufferfish constructing the sand circle is found on ‘PBS Learning Media’ website. The video shows the intricate hard work of the pufferfish as it shovels and moves sand into a circle. The circle is used to attract a female for mating and, if successful, serves as a nest for developing eggs.

It is stated that in 1995, dovers discovered incredibly intricate sand circles scattered across the sea floor of the Amami Oshima region of Japan. The artist of these circles was a mystery for years until it was revealed as the white-spotted pufferfish.


It is found that a video of a Japanese pufferfish constructing a masterpiece of sand circle to attract a female fish to mate is shared as ‘Sudarshan Chakra’ by a silverfish.

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