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Mola Mola at Bathala Maaga Kan Thila

August 26th, 2009 Comments off

Sting Ray has returned back to Hulhumale lagoon after a week of diving. During the last few days sting ray sailed from north Ari atoll to Rasdhoo and then back to Hulhumale lagoon.

Maaya Thila being the first dive before sailing to Rashdoo atoll and second dive to Bathala Maaga Kan Thila. Out of three dives the best was Bathala Maaga Kan Thila where a Mola mola was spotted by the dive guide (Deco) and one client who dived as his buddy and Rasdhoo Madivaru.

Bathala Maaga Kan Thila displayed a fantastic shark show with many gray reef, white tip reef sharks and other lager pelagic.

MV Sting Ray Mola Mola at Bathala Maaga Kan Thila

The ocean sunfish, Mola Mola or commonly called mola, is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. It has an average adult weight of 1,000 kg (2,200 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. Sunfish live on a diet that consists mainly of jellyfish, but because this diet is nutritionally poor, they consume large amounts in order to develop and maintain their great bulk. Females of the species can produce more eggs than any other known vertebrate. Sunfish fry resemble miniature puffer fish, with large pectoral fins, a tail fin and body spines uncharacteristic of adult sunfish.

Rasdhoo Madivaru turned out to be a great dive in terms of big fish life with the right incoming current, white tip, gray reef, eagle rays were among the highlight.

Rasdhoo Madivaru early morning hammerhead dive was not very productive at all. The dive ended without seeing a single hammer head.