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Sunfish / Mola


Do you have photos of Sunfish (aka Mola) sighted off the coast of British Columbia or Alaska? If you do, you can help research into these fascinating fish by uploading your photos with date and location to the from below. We are striving to help researchers Marianne Nyegaard, Tierney Thys, and Tor Mowatt-Larssen in their work to better understand Sunfish. 

The super exciting news is that there are actually two species of Mola in the NE Pacific Ocean - Mola mola AND Mola tecta. See the February 2, 2021 CBC news article announcing this: Meet the Hoodwinker, the Ocean Sunfish we Misidentified for Years.  See bottom of this page for a figure indicating the distinctions between the two species. 

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