Joel Callen

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Mon, 23 Mar, 2015

One of the world’s weirdest fish has been captured making a rare appearance

One of the world’s weirdest fish has been captured making a rare appearance

Photographer Daniel Botelho has captured images of the unusual Mola Mola fish as it surfaced in California. The sight is a rare one as the fish live in deep water and only surface occasionally to be cleaned by other fish and birds.

The Mola Mola, or sunfish, is the largest known bony fish in the world, and weigh, on average, around 1,000 kilograms. The largest specimens can reach up to 14 feet vertically, and 10 feet horizontally. Their relatively small mouth cannot fully close, and their teeth are fused into a beak-like structure.

Botelho says that despite their intimidating size and shape, the fish are quite gentle, with one following him around in the water as a dog might follow its owner.

Image credit: Daniel Botelho

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