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Mola Mola
Dr. Marianne Nyegaard, marine biologist, co-founder of the Ocean Sunfish Research Trust.
Thursday, November 18th, 7:00 pm
via Zoom
“My giant buddies: ocean sunfish and the joy of studying them.”
They idle about at the ocean surface like lazy orbs, occasionally waving at the world without haste. They look like strange dinosaur fish from the deep, yet they are ultra-modern by evolutionary design. It is of course the strangely shaped ocean sunfish, Mola mola, an iconic member of the West Coast marine megafauna. But did you know a second sunfish species occurs here, too? A brand new species, Mola tecta, only discovered in 2017? This talk explores some of the latest findings in sunfish research before taking you on a journey to New Zealand to retrace the steps that led to the discovery of Mola tecta, and how citizen science is now providing important insights into its occurrence in the NE Pacific.

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