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    Mola mola encounter at Crystal Bay


    Our group was faced with giant swells, strong winds, intense currents, and water temperature that went down to as low as 15 degrees Celsius and yet we had some truly magnificent encounters with the elusive Ocean sunfish or Mola mola - the heaviest bony fish on earth (weighing up to a ton). They usually spend most of their lives in the deep blue, but when conditions are right in Crystal Bay, they ascend to dive-able depths to be cleaned by small Bannerfish. We were extremely lucky and saw up to 4 together in one cleaning station at about 45 meters (~150 ft). This one was at about 20 meters and swam straight towards me, allowing me to take a few photos before it disappeared into the blue.

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