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Mola Mola Season in Bali

Post Number:#1  Postby Natalialesmana » Fri May 24, 2013 5:30 pm

MOLA MOLA SEASON IN BALI

Best season to see mola mola in Bali is around July to November every year. In this mola mola season in bali, we can find them at the sites with strong current, usually at Nusa Penida on Crystal Bay or Blue Corner. Other sites we can see mola mola in Bali are at Nusa Lembongan, or even Candi Dasa or Padang Bai. Due to the strong current, experience is needed for divers to see them during mola mola season in bali. For our dive center, we required at least 20 log dives for those want to see mola mola in Bali. See dive safari package to Nusa Penida.

[Nusa Penida Fun Dive Day Trip: USD 140.00 / pax / 3x dives]
Include: transport pick up, speed boat, lunch, equipment, divemaster, drinks, towel, first aid & oxygen kit. Minimum 2 participants.

WHAT IS MOLA MOLA

Mola mola is another name for Ocean Sunfish, the common English name which refers to the animal’s habit of sunbathing at the surface of the water. Many other various names allude to its flattened shape. Its specific name, “mola”, is Latin for “millstone”, which the fish resembles because of its grey colour, rough texture, and rounded body.

Females can produce as many as 300 million eggs at a time – more than any other known vertebrate—released into the water and externally fertilized by sperm. Newly hatched sunfish larvae are only 2.5 mm (0.098 in) long, but wait until it grows. Specimens up to 3.2 m (10.5 ft) in height have been recorded, and the average adult weight is 1,000 kg, and the heaviest recorded can reach up to 3,200 kg! Despite their size, mola mola are docile and pose no threat to human.

Because mola mola consume a large volume of prey, their presence may be used as an indicator of nutrient-rich waters where endangered species may be found. They eat primarily jelly fish besides salps, squid, small fishes, fish larvae, eel grass, etc. As their food is usually nutritionally poor, they have to eat a lot of food to maintain its size.

Adult molas are consumed by sea lions, orcas and sharks. Sea lions appear to hunt sunfish for sport, tearing the fins off, tossing the body around, and then simply abandoning the still-living but helpless fish to die on the seafloor. Sad fact.

WHERE WE CAN FIND MOLA MOLA

Mola mola can swim up to 26 kilometers a day, at a top speed of 3.2 km/hour. It can swim to up to 600 meters, but most often found at water warmer than 10 °C / 50 F. Prolonged periods spent in water at temperatures of lower than 12 °C / 54 F can lead to disorientation and eventual death.

Mola mola is usually found alone, though sometimes in pairs or larger groups while being cleaned. They primarily swim in open waters for cleaning and removing parasites from their skin, taking advantage of resident populations of the ‘cleaners’ which can usually be found in the open waters area with sunlight.

In summary, although they are deep water creature, but often doing the ‘sunbathing’ to get warm and clean their body, which to be nutrient-rich waters – or we can say – near the island. So as one of the place provides this underwater characteristic, becomes one of the place we can see mola mola in Bali. Come and diving mola mola in Bali during mola mola season in Bali!

Source: http://turturdive.com/mola-mola-in-bali/
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