A Truck-Sized, Alien-Looking Fish Swims Off The Coast Of British Columbia Every Summer

The Wild Canadian Year crew took to the sea in search of the "blue water current," a warm crystal-clear current of water that flows from the open Pacific Ocean close to Canada’s shore each summer, bringing with it a bounty of unusual, open-ocean species. 

What sounded like a delightful summer shoot was anything but, as the crew fought off seasickness, floating for days on end, far out at sea on the ocean’s large swells. “The biggest challenge on this shoot was finding things to film! You have to constantly scan the horizon hoping that you either bump into something or something bumps into you,” recalls cinematographer Justin Maguire.

The blue water current is home to blue sharks and other ocean giants like the mola mola. Up to four metres long and weighing over 2200 kilograms, it’s the world’s heaviest bony fish. 

The word mola means millstone, a nod to the fish’s roundish flat shape. It’s often found floating at the surface appearing to sunbathe. “The mola mola was cool to see. We eventually saw about a dozen of them over the course of the trip.”

This huge fish is spotted regularly of the coastlines of the Pacific Northwest each summer, munching away on the plentiful jellyfish they find there.

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