The ocean sunfish, Mola mola or Molidae

Posted on Nov 1 2018 - 6:18am by fishexp

The ocean sunfish, Mola mola or Molidae

Scientific name: Mola mola

The ocean sunfish, Mola mola or Molidae is the class of the molas or ocean sunfishes, unusual fishes whose bodies come to an end just behind the dorsal and anal fins, definitely a “half-fish” appearance. Ocean sunfish generally go swimming using anal and dorsal fins, the pectoral fins are usually just stabilizers.

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Ocean sunfish are also the largest of the ray-finned bony fishes, with the Ocean sunfish Mola mola recorded at up to 3.3 metres (11 ft) in length and 2,000 kilograms (4,400 lb) in weight. But normally It has an average adult weight of 1,000 kg. The species is native to tropical and temperate waters around the globe. Ocean sunfish may live around 10 years in captivity, however lifespan in a natural environment hasn’t yet been determined.

 

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A sunfish caught in 1910, with an estimated weight of 1600 kg (3500 lb)