Mola Mola captured in Portugal

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Mola Mola captured in Portugal

A video captured by divers off the coast of Portugal shows a rare up-close encounter with a massive Mola Mola, which dwarfs the humans that swim alongside as it moves slowly in for a selfie.

For a fish that appears to have just half a body, Mola Mola can grow to enormous dimensions.

These unusually shaped creatures, also known as ocean sunfish, have been known to grow as large as 14 feet high, and 10 feet long, weighing more than 2 tonnes, according to National Geographic.

The encounter was filmed by photographer Miguel Pereira in October near Santa Maria Island in Azores, Portugal.

‘A few days before, my camera was damaged when the underwater housing flooded,’ Miguel Pereira said in the video’s description on YouTube.

‘The bad luck was compensated when diving with a GoPro I saw the giant Sunfish almost at surface level and practically static.

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