The ocean sunfish, also known as mola-mola, is one of the world's largest and heaviest bony fish, weighing between 247 and 1,000 kg as an adult (545-2,205 lb).
Sunfishes have an unusual pseudo tail that helps to give them their oval shape.
Where can you find them?
Is there a tail on them?
Mola-molas, unlike other fish, do not have tails. They still have a caudal (tail) fin, but it has been replaced by a rudder-like structure.
The caudal fin folds into itself and forms a rounded rudder called clavus, giving the mola its distinct body shape.
How many eggs do they lay each year?
Mola-molas have the ability to lay 300,000,000 eggs at a time, more than any other vertebrate.
These eggs, on the other hand, are released into the water and then fertilized externally by sperm. It then dries up and grows rapidly in size.
What is mola-method mola's of recharging?
They spend the majority of their days basking in the sun and gliding motionlessly across the ocean's surface.
Sunfish are known to spend the majority of their lives submerged, so when they do surface, it is thought that they will spend time lying on their sides, allowing the sun to recharge them.
What do they consume?
Mola-molas eat jellyfish, siphonophores, salps, small fish, plankton, brittle star, mollusks, and algae, among other things.
Is it possible to eat them?
Sunfish is a nutritious and safe fish to eat on a regular basis.
Are they a threat?
They are not dangerous to humans and do not pose a threat to them. Sunfish injuries are uncommon, despite their size.
What is their life expectancy?
In captivity, they live for about 8-10 years, but their natural lifespan has yet to be determined.
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