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This guy cruised past us at Crescent Bay

Discussion in 'SoCal' started by yle, Feb 17, 2021.

  1. yle

    yle Instructor, Scuba

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    Mom and I were diving at Crescent Bay a couple weeks ago. This little guy cruised past us at a depth of about 30 feet. I wanted to share because it's the first mola I've seen... anywhere... but also because I've read that molas grow to between 4 and 8 feet in "height". This guy was about 2 feet (just body, not including fins.)

    Anyone with mola experience... was this a juvenile? If so, do they tend to stay in shallow water? I've been diving CB for years, first time I've seen one of these.

    (oh, and the photo credit belongs to mom.)

    Thanks!


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  2. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

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    The ones in California can get pretty big, but not eight feet. The large ones are usually found in Asia. I've seen dozens in the four foot range in SoCal.
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  3. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Fantastic

    We saw many of the big ones at a cleaning station off of Isabella Island, at Punta Vicente Roca, in the Galapagos

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  4. BoundForElsewhere

    BoundForElsewhere Waiting for the zombies ScubaBoard Supporter

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    that is one freaky looking fish.
     
  5. Newdiv

    Newdiv ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    I saw five gathered at that cleaning station! Amazing site.
     
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  6. Mystaadam

    Mystaadam Registered

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    Are you sure its not a baby whale?
     
  7. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

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    For those who missed it, this is the video Mystaadaam was referring to. Warning; strong language NSFW and stupidity.
     
  8. Mystaadam

    Mystaadam Registered

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    I'm glad someone got that joke :)
     
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  9. JohnN

    JohnN ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    A poster boy for eugenics
     
  10. Barnaby'sDad

    Barnaby'sDad ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    :rofl3: That’s a new one for me. Thank you.
     

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