After a year of these tiny creatures grow more giants
In 2017, while research on the coast of Australia, scientists found a tiny fish a few millimeters. Each individual can be fit on the pillow of one finger, so the detection of such creatures they considered a big success. It was clear that this is someone's fry — small fish, recently hatched from eggs. But wait until they grow up, scientists did not. Instead, they gently took the eyeball of one of them and took DNA samples, which contain instructions for the development of every living organism. By comparing the data with samples of other fish, it was found that they found a baby fish moon fish (Mola Mola). The study revealed that these millimeter create, over time, increase to 600 times and reach 2-meter sizes. These enormous fish have long been considered very mysterious and now they are even more amazing.
At the moment scientists know of the existence of six species of moon-fish. Fry some of them have already been discovered and described, however, the "kids" the rest still has not been found. Among discovered off the Australian coast tiny fish turned out to be unprecedented fry, belonging to the species Mola alexandrini and Mola ramsayi. This, at least, representatives of the Australian Museum, dedicated to Australian and new Zealand scientific discoveries .
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The Researchers again saw that huge moon-fish length up to 3 meters and weighing more than 1.5 tons, in childhood, are tiny creatures. Not surprisingly, the fry of many species was so difficult to detect and especially to refer to a specific species. And this despite the fact that the tiny baby fish moon fish is not so little. It is believed that these fish are the most prolific vertebrate creatures. According to some estimates, the female moon-fish at once generate up to 300 000 000 eggs.
It is Important to note that juveniles are moon-fish in their appearance resemble a Blowfish. About this family of fish, you know, because I have repeatedly written about the poisonous puffer fish. For example, there are many interesting things about they contained a deadly substance tetrodotoxin. So, fry moon-fish is very vaguely reminiscent of a puffer fish — they have large pectoral fins and spikes that age to completely disappear.
This is a puffer fish. Fry moon-fish its very reminiscent of
Apparently, barb fry need to survive. It is logical to assume that predatory fish will not swallow creatures whose bodies are entirely covered with spikes. But adults are moon-fish, despite its enormous size, very vulnerable. They actively hunt sea lions, orcas and sharks. Don't forget about the main enemy of nature, man. In some countries like Japan and Korea, the meat, the moon-fish is considered a delicacy. Because of this, they are among the vulnerable species in European countries there is a ban on the sale of food and products of lung-fish.
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The Process of turning fry into a huge creature is not fast. According to calculations of scientists, every day they are gaining 0.49 kg mass and their bodies are increased by approximately 0.1 centimeter. Once the female in the aquarium in the American state of California, on the increase in body weight from 26 to 399 pounds, it took 15 months.
In some regions of the planet moon fish known as sunfish and fish-head
with such a huge mass in free conditions, scientists do not know. It is assumed that the average duration of the moon-fish is about 23 years. But in captivity they live much less, for about 10 years. For humans, these fish are not dangerous because their mouth is in the shape of the beak is not able to fully open. So they mostly try tiny organisms that in large numbers swimming in the waters of the world ocean. Judging by their speed of growth and size, that it is enough.
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