ocean sunfish

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ocean sunfish

A large marine fish (Mola mola) having an oval body with long dorsal and anal fins and a short tail, found in temperate and tropical seas worldwide. Also called mola2.

o′cean sun′fish

a large sluggish mola, Mola mola.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ocean sunfish - among the largest bony fishocean sunfish - among the largest bony fish; pelagic fish having an oval compressed body with high dorsal and anal fins and caudal fin reduced to a rudder-like lobe; worldwide in warm waters
plectognath, plectognath fish - tropical marine fishes having the teeth fused into a beak and thick skin covered with bony plates or spines
genus Mola - type genus of the Molidae
Mola lanceolata, sharptail mola - caudal fin has a central projection
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Northwest fishers reported strange species in their nets - skipjack tuna or ocean sunfish - which would be more likely along the coast of Baja, Calif.
Ocean sunfish are considered to be the heaviest known bony fish in the world.
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Whitby skipper Richard Brewer's boat Arrivain landed one of the rarest fish to be caught off the North-east coast - an ocean sunfish.
In 2005, a four-year-old boy fishing off the West Wales coast with his parents was knocked over by a metre-long tropical ocean sunfish which leaped into their boat off the coast of Pembrokeshire.
Pyrosomes are in turn consumed by a variety of predators, from ocean sunfish to turtles, tunas, and the juveniles of lots of fish species.
Byline: Ocean Sunfish is the heaviest known bony fish in the world, says expert.
Harbor seals weigh about as much as the typical blind date, but at about two tons or so, the ocean sunfish is pretty hard to avoid.
Giant ocean sunfish have been spotted in UK waters during an aerial survey of marine life.
In Alaska's Bering Sea, capelin, herring and other coldwater fish have been in decline, while warmer water creatures like albacore and ocean sunfish have made their appearance.
We used temperature and depth-sensing acoustic transmitters to track the movements of four ocean sunfish near Catalina Island, California.

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