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"Mola Mola with Jellies"
"Mola Mola with Jellies"
Medium: Oil on mounted linen Size: 38 x 32 inches
Framing: Custom Framed
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Availability: Available Year: Copyright 2011 David C. Gallup
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Notes: Off of the San Miguel Island Coast: While not many tourists come to San Miguel, its waters are rich with sea life and the area is frequently worked by commercial fishermen, drawn by Halibut, Cod, Sea Urchins and Squid. Occasionally their net produce "by-catch," an unwanted harvest of other species, like the strange looking Mola Mola. Immense, yet extremely gentle, these giant moonstones can measure up to two tons: weight they gain primarily from a diet of copious jellyfish. The Mola Mola is known to approach divers, hoping for a friendly scratch in a hard-to-reach place. It can afford to be so bold: its immense size, bony skeleton and thick sandpaper-like skin make it an unappealing meal to most predators.
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