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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 involves you! If you are certain you have seen a mola, please add your sighting to our growing database by clicking here.
We welcome your comments, suggestions, additions, deletions and hope you enjoy the site. Dive in!

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 involves you! If you are certain you have seen a mola, please add your sighting to our growing database by clicking here.
We welcome your comments, suggestions, additions, deletions and hope you enjoy the site. Dive in!

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Evolution, Biology and Conservation
Edited by Tierney M. Thys (California Academy of
Sciences, USA), Graeme C. Hays (Deakin University,
Australia) and Jonathan D. R. Houghton (Queen’s
University, UK).

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Latest Sighting

Date: 03/14/2021 1600 hrs
Location: N30.361017, W 86.513420
Water Temp: 20 C
Behavior: Laying on side, swimming slowly.
Marks: none

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