Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.   SUBSCRIBE
The Kid Should See This

A massive Ocean Sunfish in the Galápagos

Watch more with these video collections:

In this exciting moment from the BBC’s Mission Galápagos, Liz Bonnin joins marine biologist Tierney Thys and MV Alucia submersible pilot Mark ‘Buck’ Taylor in what looks like a Triton 3300/3 submersible. At 82 meters (269 feet) below the water’s surface, they spot a gentle giant: The Mola Mola.

mola mola

The ocean sunfish or common mola (Mola mola) is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. Adults typically weigh between 247 and 1,000 kg (545–2,205 lb). The species is native to tropical and temperate waters around the globe. It resembles a fish head with a tail, and its main body is flattened laterally. Sunfish can be as tall as they are long when their dorsal and ventral fins are extended…

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 gray color, rough texture, and rounded body. Its common English name, sunfish, refers to the animal’s habit of sunbathing at the surface of the water.

Related reading: The Galápagos Islands.

Next, take another quiet swim with a Mola Mola, explore the Galápagos, and dive in more submersibles.

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.