|In search of Mola, Mola
An OPP Paddle
July 2, 2010, 7:00 a.m.
This time the Friday paddle met at Hollywood Beach bright and early in the morning.
Even the seals were not awake.
A couple on the pier waved goodbye to us.
We paddled east past the old Rayonier plant location.
The ocean sunfish (Mola mola) is the world's largest known bony fish (sharks and rays are cartilaginous, not bony). At least
one estimated to be over 3000 lb. has been recorded and individuals reaching 11 feet from fin tip to fin tip have been seen. It
is found in all oceans in tropical and temperate climes, and is known to eat jellyfish and probably small fishes and algae. In the
eastern Pacific, Mola mola is normally found from British Columbia to South America, although in El Nino events it has been
recorded as far north as Alaska.
Bruce conducted the eulogy.
Jackie showed off her new braces. Gwen offered an opinion.
The Friday group paddles every Friday by 7:00 a.m., usually at Lake Aldwell.