Name That Animal

This is just for fun and the only rule is: no researching.  Post your best guesses in the comments.  Reading other people’s answers before posting your own is optional.  Answer will be posted in the comments tonight.

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  1. Sunfish. One of the wonderful things about Sunfish is that their favorite food is the Moon jellyfish.

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  2. Adrianne Mock

     /  October 3, 2014

    Ooohhh… OceanSunfish… these are SOOO COOOL… I have seen babies the size of silver dollars (and BOY are they CUTE!!!) under kelp paddies.
    The adults can be 12 feet long from head to… ummm… end (no tails)… and weigh over 2,000 pounds!! They swim with those pectoral fins and I have seen them JUMP clear of the water… awesome fish!

    From your token marine biologist .

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  3. Flatface McFinburger.

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  4. Eucritta

     /  October 3, 2014

    Sunfish!

    These guys sometimes bask on the surface, leisurely sculling with their fins. I’ve heard that’s how they got their name. And their latinate name is just fun to say: Mola mola. I always hear it to the tune of the Kinks’ ‘Lola.’

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    • Adrianne Mock

       /  October 3, 2014

      And.. mola mola means “millstone”… from their shape

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  5. Mola mola, the Ocean Sunfish

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  6. One of the most parasite ridden animals in the ocean. The flesh literally crawls with worms. Considered a delicacy in Japan. Go figure…

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  7. Ocean Sunfish aka Mola mola. They get huge and are one of the strangest fish in the sea. I have always wanted to see one in person.

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  8. ANSWER TIME

    As so many of you clever people already know, this is an ocean sunfish. There is a brief video of one swimming on Wiki. I love its many names:

    Many of the sunfish’s various names allude to its flattened shape. Its specific name, mola, is Latin for “millstone”, which the fish resembles because of its grey colour, rough texture, and rounded body. Its common English name, sunfish, refers to the animal’s habit of sunbathing at the surface of the water. The Dutch-, Portuguese-, French-, Catalan-, Spanish-, Italian-, Russian-, Greek- and German-language names, respectively maanvis, peixe lua, poisson lune, peix lluna, pez luna, pesce luna, рыба-луна, φεγγαρόψαρο and Mondfisch, mean “moon fish”, in reference to its rounded shape. In German, the fish is also known as Schwimmender Kopf, or “swimming head”. In Polish, it is named samogłów, meaning “head alone”, because it has no true tail. The Chinese translation of its academic name is fan-che yu, meaning “toppled wheel fish”.

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  9. JEAN

     /  October 4, 2014

    sun fish

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