Image: Clavus of an Ocean Sunfish, Mola mola

Clavus of an Ocean Sunfish, Mola mola

The clavus of an Ocean Sunfish that became stuck on the bow off Jervis Bay, New South Wales.

Paul Ovenden
© Australian Museum


On 13th October 1998, staff of the Australian Museum were called to examine an Ocean Sunfish, Mola mola, that was found stuck on the bulbous bow of the cement carrier, MV Goliath, as it tied up to the wharf in Sydney. Note the distinct line where the course body denticles change to fine denticles on the clavus.

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