Where do sunfish live? How big is this fish?

The Sunfish or Ocean Sunfish is commonly known as Mola Mola or Common Mola. This is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. This fish has a giant head with tail and fins. Because of its gray color, rough texture and rounded body, it is given a Latin name Mola, after the Millstone. It has the four fused teeth and a characteristic beak-like its family Molidae which include pufferfish, porcupinefish, and filefish.

Ocean Sunfish grow up to three meters in length and weigh from 247 to 1,000 Kgs. They eat a great bulk of Jellyfish to satiate their hunger. The female fish can lay numerous eggs at once, which can be up to 300,000,000 at a time.

Other big fish like Sharks, Killer Whales and Sea lions eat them. Humans hunt these Sunfish using gillnets as these fish are served as a delicacy in some parts of the world along with Japan, Korean and Taiwan.

Updated on: 30-Jul-2019


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