Ocean Sunfish are the most useless animal (an epic rant)

Ocean Sunfish, also known as Mola Mola, look like a pancake and are just the weirdest fish. I was ambivalent about these creatures until reading this absolutely EPIC Facebook rant about their sheer uselessness – and now I can’t help but LOL wondering how they even continue to exist in nature.

Mola Mola – the Pandas of the ocean? You Decide!

(Note the below post contains possibly NSFW language – copious amounts of swearing.)

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I am a computational biologist at the University of California, Riverside. My research uses DNA sequencing and genomics to study microbial eukaryotes (yeah, nematodes!) in marine ecosystems, with an emphasis on evolution and biodiversity in the deep-sea. I can neither confirm nor deny that I like Unix more than I like going to sea.

7 Replies to “Ocean Sunfish are the most useless animal (an epic rant)”

  1. Man alive, when are humans going to realize the world wasn’t made for them? That nonhuman animals don’t exist for their use? We are in no position to dis other species. If only humans were merely “useless.” What other species has caused so much harm and threatens the very existence of so many other species?

  2. So what if this animal grows as nothing more than a source of food for others. Who are we to judge this creature, as the source of more destruction on this planet than any other? They generally live peacefully at sea, causing little to no harm to anyone. Wow! Let it go!!

  3. Don’t feed the trollfish :)

    By the way, they can be fast when you are on a boat and try to take a picture… One minute it’s there basking in the sun, the next, it’s gone (another reason to hate them perhaps, or not).

    I really wish I’ll have the occasion to see one when I’m in the water, not on the boat, that must be incredible.

    Also, we’ll need more of them as apparently overfishing increases the population of jellyfishes.

  4. Ridiculous. These fish can actually swim fast and cover similar distances to sharks and other pelagics. Plus they look really cool and odd.

  5. as a lover of the mola, I disagree with the conclusions Scout Burns draws, but give mad points for style and execution. 10/10 Facebook rant.

  6. Agree with Bob and other pelagic researchers… molas are awesome, fast, predators that given their numbers and chosen prey must play an integral role in the open ocean ecosystem. Please stop spreading this rant.

  7. Bob and Wyatt, if the Mola Mola is that awesome PROVE IT with a rebuttal!

    We invite you (or any willing Pelagic researcher) to write a Mola Mola Top Ten List and we will publish it here at Deep Sea News.

    Myself and cockroaches are looking forward to a more rigorous explanation of their ‘integral role in the open ocean ecosystem’ than ‘given their numbers.’

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