The Mola Mola remains the largest known bony fish on earth.
This species is also endemic to all temperate and tropical oceans around the world and is popular for its extremely flattened shape.
The Mola Mola also resembles a head with a tail, due to its unique appearance. Individuals are often as tall as they are long.
Due to their great size, they have few natural predators. The few species which prey upon them include orcas, sharks, and sea lions.
The Mola Mola remains quite docile and poses no intentional threat to humans. The few reported injuries caused by this species have been due to accidental encounters.
Mola Mola Physical Description
An adult Mola Mola has an average length of roughly 5.9 ft (1.8 m). Their vertical fin to fin length is usually about 8.2 ft (2.5 m).
Adult specimens attain an average weight of about 2,200 lb(1,000 kg). Exceptional individuals have reached weights of as much as 5,100 lb (2,300 kg).
Their teeth are fused into a single, beak-like structure. The Mola Mola presents a variety of skin colors which range from white to silvery gray, to brown. Most individuals also present distinct mottling. Finally, they even possess the ability to alter their skin color slightly, at will which serves as a means of camouflage.
Mola Mola Habitat, Range, and Behavior
The fish lives in all warm oceans but is more common in the Atlantic and Pacific.
They are pelagic in nature and most commonly inhabits a range extending from the surface to a depth of 2,000 ft (600 m).
They primarily prefer open areas of water, though they will venture into kelp beds on occasion.
The Mola Mola typically spends its time alone or in small groups.
They primarily feed on small jellyfish but will also consume large quantities of crustaceans, squid, small fish, and eelgrass.