#2 - Jump the Molamola! Barcelona, Spain (Plus: an Intro to the Mola :)

"Jumping Awkwardly In Front of Impressive Objects Until I'm 80"

(Like I said, I really don't think it would be a complete blog without this collection :D.)

"So. Although I don't take a lot of photos of people jumping, I started this collection a couple years back and am going to continue to do this until I'm 80 - so eventually there is going to be an 80-year-old woman jumping.
Not sure why, but that never stopped me before anyways Lol!" 

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For anyone who knows me, you know that I have a great <3 for sunfish (otherwise know as molamola). One might argue that they are not very impressive, but to me they are one of the most odd, endearingly awkward animals in the whole entire world, and I love them dearly for this very reason :) . This little guy was being cared for at L'Aquarium Barcelona, since he had gotten injuries from an incident with a motorboat (as their body shape may give away, they are not very fast lol...). After he recovers he will be released to swim another day. Yay!

I have some good friends who go fishing and/or paddling in the ocean and they have actually seen them in the wild! Many times you will see them sunbathing on their sides like this:

I found this image online taken by Randal Finley - click on the mola to see the photo cred!

I found this image online taken by Randal Finley - click on the mola to see the photo cred!

Many comments during first encounters include:

"Is that just a fish's head? Where's the rest of it?"  

"OMG is it dead???" 

"Oh, I thought it was just floating trash."

But really guys, they are pretty cool!!!

Fun Facts About the Mola!

  • They eat mostly jellyfish (which are btw about 95% water....lol) - as a result, the scientific community is actually becoming more interested in them because of the increase of jellyfish in our oceans due to climate change.
  • The mola is the largest bony fish in the world.
  • They are very curious, docile fish and actually like to get pet by divers.
  • They are also sometimes mistaken for sharks because their fins sometimes poke above the water like a shark's fin XD.

To learn more about them, here is a great TED Talk about them by a kindred spirit, marine biologist Tierney Thys!

There is just something about them that speaks to me and makes me ridiculously happy.  Is this a good thing? LOL thaaaat could be debatable, but nonetheless they totally rock my world. 

Have a wonderful rest of the day everyone, and stay fabulously different ; ) , 
~ e