Friday, October 7, 2011

Life of Ocean Sunfish

 
Life of Sea | Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola) | Ocean Sunfish is also called Common Mola or Mola Mola. Ocean sunfish is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. It has an average adult weight of 1,000 kg. They are found in most tropical and temperate waters of the world. The habitat is usually in the epipelagic zone of the ocean, where the sun still penetrate through the water. The habitat range in depth from the surface to around 366 meters below. They are usually found along the coastal areas where the wrasse and gulls can free them of parasite. 

Scientific classification
Kingdom:     Animalia
Phylum:     Chordata
Class:     Actinopterygii
Order:     Tetraodontiformes
Family:     Molidae
Genus:     Mola
Species:     M. mola


Ocean sunfish is flat and oval-shaped body with a dorsal (top) fin, anal fin (bottom), and the pectoral fins (on its sides). Although in the vertical position, these crucial functions that help the Ocean sunfish swim fins are about as moving simultaneously through the water. The tail (if you could call it a) more or less acts as a rudder, guiding the Ocean sunfish in the intended direction. It's what scalloped tail and pectoral fins are fan shaped. The mouth of the ocean sunfish is called snout and stabbing a little out of the mouth area. The teeth are fused together and are relatively skilled at filtering seafood.

Ocean sunfish are also considered as the most prolific fish in the world. A 1.4 m (4.5 ft) long female was estimated at more than 300 million eggs. Males and females lay their eggs and sperm into the water where fertilization takes place, no one has ever seen mola spawn in the wild. Ocean sunfishh eat crustaceans, starfish, jellyfish, sponges, mollusks, algae, plankton, squid and small fish. They eat just about anything. To eat, the Ocean sunfish slurp in food through its beak, shred food into pieces, spit it out, and repeat the process until the food is small enough for her to swallow. Ocean sunfish have few enemies. They are attacked by great white sharks, killer whales and sea lions. Sea lions will fiercely attack them, throw them in the air like a Frisbee. 

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