Mola-Mola Friendly Big Fish

Hello from Bali! Hope you have a good day. If talking about Bali is the island of thousand temples and the beautiful scenery nature and also the friendly people. Bali has unique thing can we explain when holiday in Bali especially in traditional village. Bali village and the unique tradition is the favorite thing by the tourist. Bali is also famous by handicraft and the souvenir and YES! Tourist attraction, well today I would like to inform you the one of the favorite tourist attraction in Bali. Here is it!

Bali have many spot for snorkling and diving but many people choose to do diving in Nusa Penida. Why many people want to diving in here? because there are a famous fish named mola-mola or ocean sunfish, it’s the largest of all bony fish. These giant sunfish can grow to weigh as much as 5,000 pounds (2,268 kilograms). That’s almost as much as a small pickup truck. The huge fish may reach a length of 14 feet (4 meters) from face to tail and 10 feet (3 meters) measured from back to stomach. Fish such as sharks and rays are cartilaginous fish—they don’t have bones. Some are heavier than the mola. But among fish with bones, called bony fish, none is larger than the mola.

If you are ever snorkeling in an area where molas are found, don’t be surprised if one comes to check you out. They are not dangerous, but they are rather curious. They often approach divers and snorkelers—just to investigate.

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When a mola first hatches, it’s only one-tenth of an inch long. By the time the fish is fully grown, it gains more than 60 million times its weight from when it hatches. The mola has an unusual look. It’s round. Its tail fin doesn’t grow along with the rest of the fish after the mola hatches. Molas use the clavus to steer as they swim. Molas enjoy sunning themselves at the surface of the ocean. This is why they are also called sunfish. They live in tropical and temperate oceans around the world. People sometimes see their tall dorsal fins poking above the surface of the water as they sun themselves, and mistake them for sharks.

Jellyfish are a mola’s favorite food. They also eat small fish and microscopic plants and animals found in the water. They have small mouths that look somewhat like a bird’s beak. To feed, molas repeatedly suck in and spit out whatever they are feeding on. This process tears the food into smaller pieces that the molas can more easily swallow

 

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