Mola Mola

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© Pongsatorn Sukhum
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Ocean Sunfish (Mola Mola) are the world's largest known bony fish. They grow to 2-3m in size and can weigh up to one metric ton.

They spend most of their time in deep water around 200-600m, but occasionally rise to shallower waters. Upon reaching the surface, they often turn their faces vertical while the longfin bannerfish clean the parasites from their bodies.

This photo was taken in Bali, 2007.

7 responses

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (25 Jan 2009):

    Sweet shot! dp

  • Bob Douglas

    Bob Douglas gave props (26 Jan 2009):

    Given the conditins this is an awesome photograph. Yes they can be huge one scared me once while windsurfing.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (30 Jan 2009):

    Excellent shot!!

  • Dani Barchana

    Dani Barchana (Deleted) said (31 Jan 2009):

    Great shot, and if you intersted in this amazing fish, you should listen to this lecture: http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/tierney_thys_swims_with_the_giant_sunfish.html
    it is funny and interasting, and it is all about the Mola Mola

  • Pongsatorn Sukhum

    Pongsatorn Sukhum said (31 Jan 2009):

    Dani, thanks for the link to the talk. Great information with humour.

  • Lucy Lambriex

    Lucy Lambriex said (3 Feb 2009):

    This is so beautiful, funny and moving even. Such an incredible creature. And such great cooperation.

  • Loretta Stephens

    Loretta Stephens (Deleted) said (19 Apr 2009):

    You are so lucky to get to take such stunning shots! this is so beautiful!

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