Swimmer Takes Underwater Selfie With Giant Monster From the Deep

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: November 29, 2023

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Ocean Sunfish, Mola mola swimming underwater with divers. They are considered to be fairly docile and gentle around human divers.
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Nowadays, taking a picture is as easy as whipping your phone out of your pocket and snapping some great shots. Well, why should it be any different when swimming? Thankfully, these swimmers had an underwater camera in the video above to get a hilarious underwater selfie with a monster from deep under the water.  

Ocean Sunfish Sighting in South Africa

The YouTube video at the top of this blog post takes us to Cape Town in South Africa. The James Taylor YouTube page shared this incredible footage of a massive ocean sunfish, which has already received more than six million views.

At the start of this video, we see Taylor and his friend out swimming in the warm waters that South Africa has to offer. Suddenly, we see a monster fish swimming by. We hear a squeal from the girl as she is excited this ocean sunfish has gotten so close. 

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Taylor quickly swims over, and at nine seconds, we see them turn around and take a selfie with the ocean sunfish. To make it easier for this monster, they dive down and take a funny underwater selfie with him at 16 seconds. This ocean sunfish didn’t mind getting some sun and being the center of attention for a few minutes. 

How Big are Ocean Sunfish?

Biggest Fish in the World: Ocean Sunfish

The ocean sunfish is a carnivore eater that dines on

jellyfish

, squid, and fish.

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We would be remiss if we didn’t discuss how big ocean sunfish can get. And as we can see from the video posted at the top, they are monster-sized! The ocean sunfish (Mola mola) can reach up to 5,000 pounds and reach 10 feet long. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration states, “Holy mola – it’s the mola mola!” the largest bony fish in the sea. And it’s pretty easy to see why they have earned the largest title.

In addition to their tremendous size, they carry their weight in such a way that gives them a quirky appearance. If you look at the above picture, you can see that they have an oval-shaped body that is a bit lumpy. These lumps can be described as a “clavus,” which helps them steer. 

Are Ocean Sunfish Aggressive To Humans?

When you are in a new area, whether hiking, swimming, or bicycling, it is vital to know the animals you may come into contact with in the vicinity. Knowing which animals to stay away from is essential for your safety, just as much as theirs.

Given the size of the ocean sunfish, it might first turn people off to thinking they are aggressive. However, this is a non-aggressive fish towards humans. Remember that just because an animal is large doesn’t necessarily equate to being aggressive. Some of the gentlest creatures, such as the giraffe, elephant, and orcas, are gigantic. 

However, we should always respect animals that are in their natural habitat. If they feel threatened in any way, they may respond unnaturally. As we can see from the video posted at the top, these swimmers gave this animal the respect it deserved, and because of that, they got some great selfies! 


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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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