Welcome! The giant ocean sunfishes, family
Molidae, are some of Earth’s most fascinating yet mysterious
creatures. These jelly-eating giants hold the record for being
the world’s heaviest bony fish and occupy a unique place in
the open ocean web of life. This site is dedicated to consolidating
our current state of knowledge and announcing our latest research
discoveries and those of others as they become available. Be
sure to check out the research section and if you have recently
published something on mola or produced a film with mola in
it please, do let us know--we’d love to add this information
to the site. We are also excited to share a new feature that
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Seeking the sun in deep, dark places: mesopelagic sightings of ocean sunfishes (Molidae) N. D. Phillips, C. Harrod, A. R. Gates, T. M. Thys and J. D. R. Houghton. Journal of Fish Biology, 2015
Evidence is presented from publicly available remotely operated vehicle (ROV) footage that suggests deep-water ranging in ocean sunfishes (family Molidae) is more common than typically thought, including a new maximum depth recorded for the southern sunfish Mola ramsayi.
Oregon Coast Beach Discoveries Include Rare Fish, Jellies, Uglies - Oregon Coast Beach Connection 11/5/2015
Also: "We found five or six of the sunfish the same size of the one in the picture directly above (1.5 foot being held by person) washed up scattered dead on Neahkahnie Beach in Manzanita Oregon this morning. We haven't seen this type of fish here before..."
Rich Bayless, Neahkahnie Beach Nov 8, 2015 - See more at: http://savenaturesavehuman.blogspot.com