The Sunfish Is An Amazing Sea Beast
The Sunfish is an amazing sea beast.
(Blogger’s Note 6/26/12–This post, which I made almost 5 years ago, still gets hits. Today a number of people came here looking for information on a world record sunfish. I was not able to find online what they looking for. The closest I saw was this report from Field & Stream about a new record freshwater sunfish from 2011. While the freshwater sunfish is a different creature than the subject of this post, I’m certain that it is also a fish worthy of further consideration.)
Here are some facts about the Sunfish from Oceansunfish.org.
The most common of the ocean sunfishes is the Mola mola. These fish, like all sunfishes, appear as if their bodies have been somehow truncated leaving them little more than a large head equipped with long sweeping fins atop and below. The body is less than twice as long as it is deep.
Mola mola have a rounded tail, gritty sandpapery skin covered with copious amounts of mucus. Typically silvery in color with a slight opalescent sheen, they can exhibit strikingly changeable spotty patterns. They presently hold the record for the world’s heaviest bony fish–a 3.1 meter (10 ft) long specimen weighed in at 2235 kg (4927 lbs).
Aren’t you glad your skin isn’t covered with mucus.
According to the map at the above mentioned website, Sunfish live near me in the Gulf of Mexico.
Sunfish live in oceans all over the world.
Here is a picture of a Sunfish that shows how big it is in relation to people. I’m sorry this Sunfish lives in a tank.
I’ve never seen a Sunfish in person. Someday I hope that I am lucky enough to do so.