We, Marlene, Tony and I , made our way to Bali for a dive trip which would be first for Marlene and I. The highlight of the trip was to see Mola Mola. Upon reaching Bali, we were told that the season to catch these rarity was over and they have not had any sighting for the last 3 weeks.
On the 9th October, we headed out to a dive site called Crystal Bay, at Nusa Penida, Bali. We started the dive with surface temperature at 26degrees Celcius. The currents were strong and we were running low on air. I said a silent prayer asking God to let Marlene see the Mola Mola as this was our first honeymoon. After about 25minutes of diving, I was about to call it quits and do my safety stop. Just as I was about to signal my buddy to do the safety stop, she starts pointing out to the blue while banging her tank with her pointer. A sudden rush of adrenaline filled me as I turned to see what was she pointing to. From afar I could see a silhouette of something that I have longed to see. No I was not having narcosis. I could think clearly. I quickly prepared my camera to shoot this silhouette and finned as fast as I could. There it was this huge creature, so mighty yet so shy and graceful. A rush of excitement, happiness and thankfulness filled my heart at the same time my mind telling me to keep a note of my air consumption. The happiness was seen on all our faces. Awesome! I started shooting the giant puffer, Mola Mola with my humble camera. As I captured its images, I realized it was coming close towards me. I could see its eyes and mouth so clearly as it moved its was towards the sun. It was a good 10 minutes of playing with the giant, when I called for the safety stop to be done. I could see the immense joy in both Tony and my wife, Marlene’s face. I was happy and contented. Just the day before, I asked her,”What makes a honeymoon?” At that point, when I saw her face glow, God had answered my silent prayer, I knew the answer to my question, what makes a honeymoon is an unforgettable memory that is shared by both. This was definitely one. The trip was fantastic as we managed to also play with the Harlequin Shrimps and Manta Ray.
The ocean sunfish, Mola mola, or common mola, is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. It has an average adult weight of 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). Sunfish live on a diet that consists mainly of jellyfish, but because this diet is nutritionally poor, they consume large amounts in order to develop and maintain their great bulk. Females of the species can produce more eggs than any other known vertebrate. A member of the order Tetraodontiformes, which also includes pufferfish, porcupinefish and filefish, the sunfish shares many traits common to members of this order. It was originally classified as Tetraodon mola under the pufferfish genus, but it has since been given its own genus, Mola, with two species under it. The ocean sunfish, Mola mola, is the type species of the genus.