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 marine sunfish 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. 
8. 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.org/lore.php) OceanSunfish.org.
9. The mouth of the ocean sunfish is small, and its teeth are fused together in two plates that look like a beak.
Thys et al., "The biology and ecology of the ocean sunfish Mola mola: a review of current knowledge and future research perspectives," Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, vol.
Teo et al., "Satellite tracking the world's largest jelly predator, the ocean sunfish, Mola mola, in the Western Pacific," Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, vol.
Thys, "Vertical niche overlap by two ocean giants with similar diets: Ocean sunfish and leatherback turtles," Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, vol.
Ahuir-Baraja, Parasitological study of ocean sunfish, Molamola (L.) in the Western Mediterranean [PhD Thesis], University of Valencia, 2012.
Under Pakistan Fish Inspection and Quality Control Act, 1997 and Rule, 1998, there is a total ban on export and domestic consumption of ocean sunfishes and their relatives because sometimes their flesh may be toxic.
It has no scales, but the skin of an ocean sunfish is said to be able to withstand a .22 calibre bullet.
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.
That's why they are often called ocean sunfish. * Molas have very thick, rough skin.

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