Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Mola Mola!

The mola mola, or ocean sunfish, is the world's largest bony fish. Bony fish is a taxonomic group that includes ray-finned and lobe-finned fish and excludes sharks because their bodies are made of cartilage. Their bizarre body structure resembles a giant fish head with a tail and they can be as wide as they are long when their ventral and dorsal fins are both extended. What's truly remarkable is their growth from one-tenth of an inch at birth to fourteen feet and 4000 lbs. as an adult. To put that in perspective, a mola mola can gain over 60 million times its birth weight. Their diet consists mainly of jellyfish, which they consume in massive quantities, and they are considered a delicacy in countries like Japan and Taiwan.

Learn more about the mola mola HERE

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