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
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Tracking a Marine Ecotourism Star: Movements of the Short Ocean Sunfish Mola ramsayi in Nusa Penida, Bali, IndonesiaTierney Thys, John P. Ryan, Kevin C. Weng, Mark Erdmann, and Joeharnani Tresnati, Journal of Marine Biology Volume 2016 (2016),
Ocean sunfishes, Molidae, comprise the world’s heaviest bony fishes. They include the short mola, Mola ramsayi (Giglioli 1883), an important tourist draw at Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, Bali, where SCUBA divers can observe ectoparasite-laden individuals being cleaned by smaller reef fishes. More...
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