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Mola mola, or Sunfish

Mola mola, or Sunfish. Date: 1865

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1865 Fishes Mola Species Sunfish Tetraodon Tetrodon


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or Sunfish, 1865: A Victorian Era Discovery of the Enigmatic, Round, Sun-like Marine Creature This image, titled "Mola Mola," or Sunfish, dates back to the Victorian era, specifically 1865. This photograph, taken during the 1860s, offers a fascinating glimpse into the natural world of the past, showcasing the intriguing and mysterious Sunfish (Mola mola). The Sunfish, also known by its scientific synonyms Tetrodon, Tetraodon, and Orthagoriscus, Orthagoriscus, is a large, round, and flat-bodied marine fish that can grow up to 14 feet (4.3 meters) in width and weigh up to 5,000 pounds (2,300 kilograms). Its unique appearance, resembling a sun with its golden, mottled skin, has earned it various nicknames, including the "Sunfish" and the "Mola Mola," derived from the Latin words for "mill" and "millstone," respectively, due to its round shape and weight. Despite its impressive size, the Sunfish was relatively unknown to the scientific community during the Victorian era. This photograph, taken during a time when exploration and discovery were at the forefront of scientific advancements, offers a rare and valuable record of this elusive marine species. The Sunfish is a pelagic fish, meaning it lives in the open ocean, and is found in temperate and tropical waters worldwide. It is an important part of the marine ecosystem, serving as both a predator and prey for various marine organisms. This photograph, with its intriguing subject and historical significance, invites us to reflect on the natural world's wonders and the role of exploration and discovery in expanding our knowledge and appreciation of the planet's diverse inhabitants. The Sunfish, with its enigmatic and sun-like appearance, continues to captivate and inspire curiosity, making it a true treasure from the Victorian era.

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