ocean sunfish

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ocean sunfish

A large marine fish (Mola mola) having an oval body with long dorsal and anal fins and a short tail, found in temperate and tropical seas worldwide. Also called mola2.
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o′cean sun′fish

a large sluggish mola, Mola mola.
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Noun1.ocean sunfish - among the largest bony fishocean sunfish - among the largest bony fish; pelagic fish having an oval compressed body with high dorsal and anal fins and caudal fin reduced to a rudder-like lobe; worldwide in warm waters
plectognath, plectognath fish - tropical marine fishes having the teeth fused into a beak and thick skin covered with bony plates or spines
genus Mola - type genus of the Molidae
Mola lanceolata, sharptail mola - caudal fin has a central projection
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The ocean sunfish, or common mola, is the heaviest bony fish in the world, with an average weight of 2,200lb.
"During the trip, we also saw minke whales, common dolphins, ocean sunfish, countless harbour porpoises, bluefin tuna and seals.
An ocean sunfish, locally called 'mola mola,' was beached on the shore of Barangay Lazareto in this city where it died on Saturday afternoon.
According to researchers from Hiroshima University, female Mola alexandrini specimen of 2,300 kilogram and 2.72 meter caught off the Japanese coast (Kamogawa, Chiba) in 1996 as the heaviest bony fish ever recorded, and not, as originally thought, Mola mola ocean sunfish species.
A monstrous ocean sunfish, weighing more than 2,000 pounds, was caught over the weekend by a group of Sakhalin fishermen near Russia's Iturup island, local media reports said Thursday.
Sightings of ocean sunfish, also referred to as mola, have been recorded at PVR by the National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions staff members and their guests since 1999.
However, northeastern Pacific fishes such as Finescale Triggerfish (Balistes polylepis), Louvar (Luvarus imperialis), Skipjack Tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis), Albacore Tuna (Thunnus alalunga), Pacific Mackerel (Scomber japonicus), Thresher Shark (Alopias vulpinus), Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola), Pacific Saury (Cololabis saira) and Pacific Pompano (Peprilus simillimus) are known to shift their range north during El Nino events and other warm periods (Karinen and others 1985; Pearcy and others 1985; Schoener and Fluharty 1985; Pearcy and Schoener 1987; Medred 2014; Bond and others 2015; Welch 2015a).
According to research conducted by the University of Copenhagen and the Bangladesh Agricultural University, the mola fish, also known as the ocean sunfish, can be cultivated in ponds to increase total fish yield manifold as well as the nutritional quality of the yield."
This book includes illustrations of the GulfAEs inhabitants, such as Sargassum, ocean sunfish, Bermuda petrels, sea beans, jellyfish, American eels, and many more throughout the book as well as a gallery of photographs at the end, along with a list of selected literature for further reading.
Northwest fishers reported strange species in their nets - skipjack tuna or ocean sunfish - which would be more likely along the coast of Baja, Calif.
Ocean sunfish are considered to be the heaviest known bony fish in the world.
I've seen cobia wads on turtles (they prefer leatherbacks), ocean sunfish (head fish), whale sharks, but mostly on rays.

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