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This Mola was caught deep inside
a fjord named Rombaksfjorden. It is located 30
kilometers east of the town of Narvik North Norway.
The water temp here is about 8-15 degrees C in
summer and 2-5 degrees C in winter. It's never
iced in winter because of the Gulfstream. From
time to time small molas are caught here.
We call them Månefisk (moonfish). The mola was
caught Sunday 28 August 13:00 and it was caught
with a small fishing rod and spoon (looks like
a small fish) It fought about one hour before
it was tired and the weight was 33 kilogram.
Noteable: Dolphin herding sunfish
October 10 2001
The sunfish which I saw this summer
was brought to me by a dolphin. A lone dolphin
has taken up residence near where I live in the
West of Ireland. She is very friendly and enjoys
interacting with people in the water. The first
time I went swimming with her this summer she started
nosing around at something on or near the bottom,
about 6-7m down. I was about 50-100m offshore.
Eventually she herded a sunfish to the surface.
I thought it was dead at first because it didn't
seem to be moving of it's own volition, but after
a while it started to swim. The dolphin kept the
sunfish with us for about 20 minutes. Whenever
the unfortunate fish tried to escape, the dolphin
would let it get maybe 10 or 20m away then round
it up and nudge it back. It was amazing to watch
such deliberated, playful action. The fish seemed
very lethargic or possibly injured. It swam nearly
on the surface, very slowly, with its uppermost,
flipper-like, fin flapping loosely from side to
side. It was big (by Irish fish standards!) maybe
60-80cm long and the same or more in height. It
felt hard to the touch, which surprised me. Eventually
the dolphin tired of it and it was allowed flap
slowly away to sea.
That's it. Not sure that this
tells you much about sunfish, but it told me a
lot about dolphins!
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