Ever swam next to a sunfish and felt absolutely and pitifully tiny? You would with this beast.
Many of us probably grew up catching “sunnies” at a nearby lake, but many people ignore them because they are simply too small to result in much of a filet.
This sunfish is a different story altogether. You won’t believe how big it is next to these divers.
Oh, I forgot to mention it’s an ocean sunfish, very unlike the much smaller versions (e.g., bluegills, pumpkinseeds, etc.) we’re used to in lakes and ponds throughout most of the country. They wouldn’t even be a morsel for this behemoth of the deep.
The mola mola or ocean sunfish is the world’s heaviest bony fish, reaching weights of up to almost three tons! They live in temperate oceans throughout the world, drifting with currents.
The ocean sunfish feeds primarily on jellyfish and can produce up to 300 million eggs at a time. Despite their great bulk, this video shows them to be peaceful giants. This one slowly putters alongside the divers for several minutes.