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The God of Fish

Updated on March 3, 2013
West African Fishermem
West African Fishermem
Fishing Village
Fishing Village

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.

Mola Mola

The Ocean Sunfish
The Ocean Sunfish
They can reach 14 feet in height
They can reach 14 feet in height
They can reach 10 feet in length
They can reach 10 feet in length
Near the surface they can be mistaken for a shark
Near the surface they can be mistaken for a shark

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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    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      That was an amazing account and the photos really brought it to life. Thank you so much for sharing.

      Take care.

    • CarolineMichelle profile image

      CarolineMichelle 

      7 years ago

      If I didn't know better, I'd say this fish was a mutation caused by nuclear waste! LOL But really, I've never seen anything like it. Fascinating! Thanks for the interesting read!

    • dahoglund profile image

      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      To me Sunfish were small lake fish we caught when I was young. Also called pan fish. This does not look like a relative.

    • QudsiaP1 profile image

      QudsiaP1 

      7 years ago

      Weird, freaky and cool.

      Thank you for sharing. :)

    • rafken profile imageAUTHOR

      rafken 

      7 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      Don't know. Would you eat the Blobfish? I read your hub-interesting. Thanks for looking in.

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Holy mola! That's some big ugly fish. Almost as ugly as the blobfish - see my hub on "Weird Animals - the Blobfish."

      Is this fish edible? It's so big it could feed a small village.

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