Where do sunfish live? How big is this fish?

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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 22:30:24