800 kg sunfish found near Mediterranean seaport along Egyptian-Libyan border. January 7, 2013 Egypt Independenthttp://www.almasryalyoum.com/node/1369756
Sporadic die-off of Mola mola in Monterey Bay November 2012, (2009) Tierney Thys
In early November 2012, more than one hundred juvenile Mola mola washed up dead on the shores the Bay. Most were young of the year--40-50 cm in length--and were missing their dorsal and anal fins and eyes...
Maine beach chooses caution during shark scare - September 8, 2012
Hundreds of people who were enjoying a spectacular Labor Day on Wells Beach got a momentary jolt as three gray fins appeared 30 to 50 yards off shore
Mombasa's giant fish puzzles local scientists
- February 9, 2011
Mombasa fisherman Masood Rashid is still on top of the world, two days after he caught one of the biggest fish in the Indian Ocean
Read the Standard article
Researchers track the little-known giant sunfish Jane Lee, special to mongabay.com- November 10, 2010
Getting to know the heaviest bony fish in the world is surprisingly hard. At 3 m (10 ft) long and 2,200 kg (4,850 lb), the Mola mola, or ocean sunfish, is an elusive giant. A typical day in its life is still a mystery.
Now, a study published on 30 September in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology has opened a small portal onto their behaviors – and has underlined concerns that sunfish die in alarming numbers as unintentional catches in commercial fisheries. Read article
Mola die-off in Monterey Bay - Fall 2009
In October 2009, citizen scientists, beachcombers and divers
reported a peak in the number of finless, eyeless Mola mola
carcasses washing up on the beaches of Monterey Bay. http://www.sanctuarysimon.org/monterey/ sections/other/sporadic_moladieoff.php
Exploring new ways of non-invasively
investigating molas - August 25, 2008
We're currently exploring whether or not an exciting new
technique for identifying individual whale sharks using
NASA methodology for identifying star patterning can also
be applied to mola populations--particularly those extra-spotted
ones. First stop Galapagos. For more information about
this technique see National Geographic News http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/08/080825-whale-sharks-missions_2.html
out Toshiyuki Nakatsubosan’s doctoral dissertation summary on the reproductive biology
of the Mola mola that we recently posted in the References
section under Spawning and Migration.
Slender mola sighted
in South Africa -
April 11 2008
A specimen from the most elusive genus
of sunfish, Ranzania, was spotted April 11th 2008 off the
Atlantic coast of South Africa on the Cape Peninsula at
Scarborough Beach. Jules de Combs spotted the wondrous
slender mola, Ranzania laevis and sent in a sighting and
some photos. These sunfishes described by Pennant in 1776
are rather diminutive as far as molas go--growing no more
than about 100 cm. They are capable of great speeds however
and have been caught by fishermen in Hawaii who were trolling
for skipjack tuna. For accounts of Ranzania in South African
waters, see Heemstra, P.C., 1986. Molidae. p. 907-908.
In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes.
Springer-Verlag, Berlin. We are collecting genetic tissues
of these animals for populations analyses so if you ever
come across freshly dead ones, take a small sample freeze
it and contact us.
Dissertation - March 3 2008
A big congratulations goes out to our Japanese collaborator
Toshiyuki Nakatsubosan who just received his doctorate
in Bioresource Science from Nihon University!! The title
of his dissertation is: A study on the reproductive biology
of ocean sunfish Mola mola. His papers can be found in
the References section.
Bravo Dr. Nakatsubosan. Well done!
sunfish put down - February 14,
2008 - Laitha agha, Monterey County Herald
The very large sunfish in the Outer Bay tank of the Monterey
Bay Aquarium is no more. After a week of lethargy the
sunfish was euthanized on Thursday-Feb 14 2008 and now
truly swims with the fishes.
New sunfish species sighted
in the Galapagos - February 3, 2008
strange new underwater visitor has arrived in the Galapagos
Islands. On Feb 3rd, during a National Geographic/Lindblad
Expedition, the eagle-eyed crew from the National
Geographic Polaris) spotted something bizarre in the
waters off Espanola...
REVIEW Sankokuighi - Taipei Times - February 1, 2008
and other interesting items on the menu
Mola released from the Monterey
Aquarium January 23 2008
Early this morning just after sunrise,
the Monterey Bay Aquarium released the smaller of its two
ocean sunfish from the Outer Bay Tank. . The mola weighed
289.6 kg (638.46 lbs) and was 1.7 m (5.7 ft) in length.
This mola was brought to the Aquarium in November 2006
and measured just 80 cm (31 in) long and weighed 25.4 kg
(56 lbs). Its general good health and increasing size,
combined with agreeable water temperatures and recent sightings
of other ocean sunfish in the Bay made for suitable release
conditions. The mola team acclimated the ocean sunfish
to cooler temperatures before its release, and then attached
a satellite archival tag behind its dorsal fin. The tag
is programmed to allow data transmission when the mola
comes to the surface and then pop off in 30 days. Data
from the tag will contribute to the growing body of exciting
research on Mola mola in California waters. The very large
sunfish still remaining in the Outer Bay Tank, whose weight
is estimated to be in excess of 500kg (1000lbs), will remain
on exhibit as an ambassador for its species as it has done
since November 2005.
from the West Coast by Michael Viney, British Wildlife, Oct 2007
mola: Family encounters ocean oddity by Jennifer Mann, Scituate Mariner and Patriot
Ledger (Scituate, MA) Wed Sep 05, 2007
family catches an ocean oddity on camera (Video
in story) by Jennifer Mann , The Patriot Ledger Tues
Sunfish Satellite Tagged For First Time In Irish & UK
Waters Irish Marine Institute Aug 29, 2007