Fisherman Sean Bailey captured impressive close-up footage of a huge mola lurking next to his boat off San Diego, California.
Found in temperate and tropical oceans, ocean sunfish (Mola mola) – the heaviest of all bony fish – generally grow up to 11 feet long and can weight up to 2.2 tons.
The footage shows the mola just below the water’s surface, where the species “commonly bask.”
Sunfish are considered a vulnerable population and “frequently get snagged in drift gill nets and can suffocate on sea trash, like plastic bags, which resemble jellyfish,” according to National Geographic. Credit: Sean Bailey via Storyful