- "I caught an ocean sunfish! My day is brighter already!"
Museum[edit | edit source]
An information board in the aquarium will provide information about this fish.
"Ocean sunfish are a relative of blowfish that can reach up to two tons in weight. Lacking a tail fin, they cannot swim particularly quickly, which is an odd bit of anatomical detriment. The number of eggs they can lay is the most in the world at over 300 million. However, out of that 300 million, only one or two fish will ultimately survive. Ocean sunfish sometimes like to bob up and down on the surface of the ocean. This gives them the appearance they're sunbathing, which helps to make them a popular breed of fish."
In real life[edit | edit source]
The Ocean Sunfish or Common Mola, is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. It has an average adult weight of 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). They are native to the temperate and tropical waters of every ocean in the world. It resembles a fish head with a tail, and its main body is flattened laterally. The fry resemble miniature pufferfish, with large pectoral fins, a tail fin and body spines uncharacteristic of adult sunfish. Sunfish can be as tall as they are long when their dorsal and ventral fins are extended. Females of the species can produce more eggs than any other known vertebrate.
Sunfish live on a diet that consists mainly of jellyfish. It also consumes salps, squid, crustaceans, small fishes, fish larvae, and eel grass. This diet is nutritionally poor, forcing the sunfish to consume a large amount of food to maintain its size. Adult sunfish are vulnerable to few natural predators, but sea lions, orcas and sharks will consume them.