For me, the ocean is easily one of the scariest places ever. Don’t get me wrong, I have tremendous respect for the beautiful creatures that live in the sea and find marine biology to be fascinating, but the fact remains that some of the creatures that call the ocean home are gigantic and look as if they could simply swallow me without hesitation.
If you really think about a human in water, you can compare it to living in the Serengeti of Africa, except all of the predators can fly and there’s an added axis of movement–up and down.
Luckily, many of the ocean’s largest creatures typically do not eat humans for their meals. Like the massive Ocean Sunfish, otherwise called the Mola Mola.
These enormous fish average anywhere from 500 to 2,200 pounds in weight, with the largest one ever found weighing an impressive 5,000 pounds! They can grow up to 10 feet in length and mainly consume jellyfish, although they have also been seen to eat squid, sponges and other types of small fish.
The Ocean Sunfish does not have many predators (likely due to their size), but are often eaten by sea lions, killer whales and sharks. They are also considered a delicacy in some areas of the world, such as Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.
So, if you’re ever scuba diving in the ocean and spot one of these gentle giants, do your best not to be afraid. You can swim right up to these massive sea creatures and they will not harm you, even though your survival instincts are likely telling you to stay away from it.