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Marine Life in Bali – Ocean Sunfish (Mola Mola)

Scuba diving with Mola Mola in Bali, the dream of every diver.

The ocean sunfish or common mola (Mola mola) is the heaviest  bony fish in the world with an average of 1,000 kg. weight and 1.8 m. in length, although we can find specimens that exceed 2 tons and 4 m wingspan.

Sunfish (Mola mola) are pelagic animals (live on the open ocean) and swim at depths to 600 m.  In fact, that’s where they spend most of their adult lives, between 200 and 600 meters.

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Marine Life in Bali – Manta Ray

Marine life in Bali, Manta Rays

Manta rays, one of the largest fish in the world, are majestic, calm, peaceful and unique-looking fish. They live in tropical, subtropical, and temperate ocean waters across the globe, typically close to the equator and around coral reefs.

Until 2008 it was thought there was just only one species of manta ray, but scientists discovered that there are actually two different species, the giant manta ray (manta birostris) and the reef manta ray (manta alfredi).

Both species belong to the order Myliobatiformes and Mobulidae family. They are closely related to sharks. Both belong to the Elasmobranchii subclass and are characterized by having a skeleton made of cartilage instead of bone.

“Manta” means blanket or cloak in Spanish, describing the look of the animals’ large, flat, diamond-shaped bodies.

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Marine Life in Bali – Seahorse

Marine life in Bali – seahorse

Seahorses (genus Hippocampus), are intriguing little creatures. They are fish belonging to Syngnathidae family, which also includes needlefish or pipefish.

Its scientific name comes from the Greek (hippos, which means “horse”), and kampos (“sea monster”).

Seahorses are mainly found in shallow tropical and temperate water throughout the world. They have been spotted in depths between 0 and 2,543 meters, and in water temperature between 3.04 and 28ºC. They live in corals, macro-algae, gorgonians and mangroves.

There are 54 known species of hippocampus, which vary in size and appearance. The smallest is the Denise hippocampus (Hippocampus denise), whose size ranges from 0.8 to 2 centimeters long. Among the largest species is the pot-bellied seahorse (Hippocampus abdominalis), with a length up to 35 centimetres.

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Marine Life in Bali – Blue Ringed Octopus

Marine Life in Bali – Giant Moray Eel