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(Travelers Today)   Ocean sunfish spotted in Santa Monica Bay, with OMG WHAT THE MOLA MOLA IS THAT photo   (travelerstoday.com) divider line 27
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2012-08-01 10:43:02 AM
Was it swimming out past the breakers?
 
2012-08-01 10:47:32 AM
They feed on jellyfish

That's all I needed to read to make this fish my hero. Jellyfish have no soul and cause nothing but pain. Anything that helps rid the world of them is okay in my book.
 
2012-08-01 10:47:50 AM
Quick, someone bring the fifty-five gallon drum of tartar sauce from Costco! We are having a fish fry
 
2012-08-01 10:49:24 AM
images.travelerstoday.com

"Wait! Get my good side!"
 
2012-08-01 10:50:32 AM
Is the dude who narrated that video serious? He's cracking me up.

"A deeeee-LITE-ful encounter with a moooola molaaaa!"

Jub-jub is FAAAAN-tastic! He's everywhere you wanna be.
 
2012-08-01 10:55:28 AM
Whenever I see those I always wonder how fast or easily they're predated on? I mean they are slow as hell. Just a big, fat steak floating around.
 
2012-08-01 10:55:58 AM
Let's see Darwin explain this `evolutionary' wonder!

Um, it's a Downzie mermaid - honest.
 
2012-08-01 11:06:02 AM
I just have one question... How can I get a large swimming pool stocked with some of these?
 
2012-08-01 11:06:12 AM

oldfarthenry: Let's see Darwin explain this `evolutionary' wonder!

Um, it's a Downzie mermaid - honest.


I haven't cried while laughing in quite some time. And to know I am going to hell for it just adds to the fun. Please take the rest of the day off, it's on me.
 
2012-08-01 11:13:03 AM

WienerButt: Whenever I see those I always wonder how fast or easily they're predated on? I mean they are slow as hell. Just a big, fat steak floating around.


Their defense mechanism is to grow too large for most predators to bother them.
 
2012-08-01 11:48:07 AM

Charlie Freak: Was it swimming out past the breakers?


Some men just want to watch the world die.
 
2012-08-01 11:56:47 AM
Maul555

I just have one question... How can I get a large swimming pool stocked with some of these?

You could buy the Monterey Bay Aquarium

live cam
 
2012-08-01 11:57:19 AM
Is it anything like this?

horsebreedslist.com
 
2012-08-01 11:58:40 AM
Saw one in the Bay the other day. Weird looking thing, it looked like it was a dead fish floating on the surface. It was alive though and it just sat there and stared at us, finally swimming off just as the boat passed.
 
2012-08-01 12:05:58 PM
After you read this you will not be able to unsee it:

FOREVER ALONE

/needs the tears photoshopped on there.
 
2012-08-01 12:13:50 PM

Honest Bender: WienerButt: Whenever I see those I always wonder how fast or easily they're predated on? I mean they are slow as hell. Just a big, fat steak floating around.

Their defense mechanism is to grow too large for most predators to bother them.


Yup, anything that would be able to take it out prey on higher calorie food. Great whites go after marine mammals for the fat content, the mola is too boney.
 
2012-08-01 01:16:38 PM
Last time I saw one of those I was playing Animal Crossing. Those farkers are hard to catch.
 
2012-08-01 01:46:49 PM
Warm waters? California? Every time I swim in California waters I make plans not to see my balls for at least a week. That water is beyond stupid cold.
 
2012-08-01 01:54:02 PM

unicron702: Warm waters? California? Every time I swim in California waters I make plans not to see my balls for at least a week. That water is beyond stupid cold.


my first thought when reading that line as well... what "tropical, warm waters" are you talking about, Katie? I lived in Florida for years, I've been to the Caribbean. Those places have tropical, warm water... California has dark, cold, ball shriveling water.

/We do have big fishies, though, that are fun to shoot at.
//which I'll be doing Friday
///Halibut should be in
////Yeah, CSB
 
2012-08-01 02:29:13 PM

whither_apophis: Honest Bender: WienerButt: Whenever I see those I always wonder how fast or easily they're predated on? I mean they are slow as hell. Just a big, fat steak floating around.

Their defense mechanism is to grow too large for most predators to bother them.

Yup, anything that would be able to take it out prey on higher calorie food. Great whites go after marine mammals for the fat content, the mola is too boney.


I spent some time in high school volunteering at a local aquarium. We had a sun fish in our big tank for a while.
 
2012-08-01 02:30:20 PM
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/That's no sunfish!
 
2012-08-01 09:11:11 PM
These are fairly common fish, although it's not common to see them close up. I got the chance to see one this size while diving off York, ME. They're freaking huge fish, but pretty dumb.

And they mostly eat crustaceans and bottom creatures like urchins. They have a beak like a parrot fish and they use that to crush the shells. That day were were diving we saw more lobster and crab carnage than we've ever seen before anywhere.
 
2012-08-02 02:54:08 AM
They will probably become more common as jellyfish become more common, due to over-fishing. The mola mola looks pretty neat though and they are even cooler for eating jellyfish.
 
2012-08-02 03:55:04 AM

WienerButt: Whenever I see those I always wonder how fast or easily they're predated on? I mean they are slow as hell. Just a big, fat steak floating around.




I can only say that if I was a shark, animals that enjoy ingesting jellyfish neurotoxin for sh;ts and giggles wouldn't be high on my menu.
 
2012-08-02 07:37:44 AM
While it is true that the waters off of SC are cold, especially about 5-7 feet below the surface, in the summer the surface heats up enough (especially in a bay like area) to support these guys (obviously). I read somewhere long ago that they tried to transplant Maine Lobsters off the SC coast and the project failed because the water at the bottom of the ocean in SC was just too cold for the lobsters. Anyone else remember reading about that (it was, about, 50 years ago when I read that in SC). Anything that eats jelly fish should be awarded fish of the year status (as stated above). Jelly fish are rapidly expanding their numbers everywhere largely due to CO2 increases.
 
MCM
2012-08-02 08:31:09 PM
I saw a bunch of these (somewhere between 10-15) while I was taking the ferry from Corsica to Nice. The first one I saw I almost thought was a person in the water because of the way that top fin was waving around.
 
2012-08-04 01:14:46 AM
Yeah, they're huge & freaky, but that is just one ugly ass example. Here's a prettier, albeit still freaky one.

globedivers.files.wordpress.com
 
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