ocean sunfish


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ocean sunfish:

see pufferpuffer
or pufferfish,
common name for some tropical marine fish of the family Tetraodontidae. The puffers and their allies, including the boxfish, the porcupinefish, the triggerfish, and the ocean sunfish or headfish, form an odd group (order Tetraodontiformes).
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Ocean Sunfish

 

(Mola mola) a fish of the order Plectognathi. In the adult stage, the deep, strongly compressed body has no apparent tail section. The dorsal and anal fins are very tall. The body measures up to 2.5 m long and weighs over 500 kg (sometimes as much as 1,000 kg). The ocean sunfish is extremely fertile, laying up to 300 million eggs (only small numbers of which survive). The larvae have long, threadlike growths on their bodies. Ocean sunfish inhabit warm seas; in the USSR they are found infrequently in the Sea of Japan (near Vladivostok). They feed on plankton and small fish. Ocean sunfish have no commercial value.

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Ocean sunfish spend about half a day basking in the Sun near the surface of the water as it helps them in keeping their bodies warm.
An average ocean sunfish is 10 feet long and weighs 2,200 pounds, but the biggest one can weigh up to 5,000 pounds.
amp;nbsp;Polynesians, who called the ocean sunfish "King of Mackerel," considered it bad luck to kill the sunfish, according to marine biologist Tierney Thys' website (http://oceansunfish.
It has no scales, but the skin of an ocean sunfish is said to be able to withstand a .
The ocean sunfish (Mola mola) is the heaviest bony fish in the world, and is usually found in tropical, sub-tropical and temperate waters, but sometimes they wander astray and that is how Vanessa came to be caught in a net in the English Channel.
The largest specimen recorded in British waters was an ocean sunfish stranded near Montrose, Tayside, in 1960, which weighed 800lbs.
Swimming around in the tank are streamlined yellowfin tuna, menacing California barracuda, silvery bonito, a lone green sea turtle and five ocean sunfish, which can grow to 10 feet high and surpass 2,000 pounds.
Now, this formula might not work for ocean sunfish or needlefish, but for nearly all species of fairly normal configuration it is surprisingly accurate.
In a year where sharks and dolphins have been spotted off the coasts of Wales and giant ocean sunfish seen near Land's End, Welsh waters gained a new marine visitor - a rare yellowfin tuna.
Ocean sunfish, more commonly seen off the coasts of California, are the basking giants that have migrated to the Irish Sea this summer.

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