Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish) Photographed in Gordon Rocks, Galapagos Islands

Diving, Galapagos Islands Animals, Galapagos Marine Life

Yesterday a group of divers saw this Mola Mola (aka Ocean Sunfish) in Gordon Rocks. This is a very rare sighting and we are thrilled to have seen it. It was a huge one! Have you seen a Mola Mola before? Share your story in the comments.

About the Mola Mola

The Mola Mola is the heaviest bony fish in the world, with an average adult weight of 2200 lbs (1000 kg). They resemble a fish head with a tail and can reach lengths of up to 10 ft (3.2 m). They can be as tall as they are long when both the dorsal and ventral fins are extended. Learn more about the Ocean Sunfish.

Update: Check out these Mola Mola HD videos of another sighting.

This report and pictures were sent in by our Dive Master Rafael Gallardo.


The following image is courtesy of U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and included to show what the Mola Mola side profile is like.


This image courtesy of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Meet the Author

Hernan is the General Manager of Flipper's Hotel Galapagos – a Galapagos hotel and touring company.

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