The God of Fish
The Fish God
Recently, on the West Coast of Africa, some local fishermen caught something they had never seen before. It was huge and looked nothing like any fish they had heard of.
On bringing it ashore the villagers looked upon it with awe, wondering what this creature could be. It was speculated that it could be the God of the sea or perhaps the God of fish.
Not a God, Just a Fish
It turns out that non of their speculations were correct. It was in fact a Mola Mola, otherwise known as the Ocean Sunfish.
You can perhaps understand their confusion, if they had not seen or heard of this fish before.
The Ocean Sunfish can reach sizes of 14 feet in height and 10 feet in length. They are the heaviest boney fish known. Although some Sharks or Rays can be heavier, they both have cartilage not bone.
There are several varieties of Sunfish and one variety or other can be found all around the Oceans in temperate or tropical waters.
They pose no threat to man but can be mistaken for a shark, when it is near the surface, with its large dorsel fin out of the water.
Its teeth are fused together, giving the appearance that it has a beak. They are sometimes accidently caught in fishermens nets and sometimes suffocate on plastic bags they mistake for jellyfish, their favorite food. They also eat small fish, plankton and algae.
This fish since become well known through Yahoo and Facebook.
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