This guy cruised past us at Crescent Bay

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yle

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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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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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that is one freaky looking fish.
 

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