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Fish: Ocean Sunfish

Photo of Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola)

Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola) are large, bony fish who often bask on their sides near the surface of the open ocean. The roundish, flattish body of an Ocean Sunfish features a large dorsal (top) fin, a similarly sized ventral (bottom) fin, and two small pectoral (side) fins. Swimming with his or her dorsal fin above the water, this fish may, at first glance, be mistaken for a shark, that is until you see the fin flopping from side to side in classic Mola mola fashion. The next time you venture off-shore for a whale watch, schooner cruise, or deep sea fishing trip, be on the look-out for this jellyfish-eating ocean creature.

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