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because of small mouth they adapt by having a diet of maily jellyfish

Because of rough and thick skin it deters predaters because of the taste

clumsy swimmers but adapt by letting the current carry them

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Sea urchins have several adaptations to help them survive. To protect themselves from predators, sea urchins will react immediately if something sharp touches their shell and they will point all of their spines towards the area being poked. They are also light-sensitive. This is why they are nocturnal. This light sensitivity also allows sea urchins to move their spines in reaction to shadows. In order to protect themselves from being swept away from the powerful ocean currents and waves, sea urchins lodge themselves into holes or crevasses. Finally sea urchins, somewhat like starfish, have a certain regenerative ability. If a spine is damaged or lost, a sea urchin can re-build it. However if there is too much extensive damage to the test, the sea urchin won't be able to heal it.

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How o mola mola protect themselves?

The Mola Mola, ocean sunfish, is one of the largest fish in the world. The ocean sunfish live and travel in schools to protect themselves from predators.

Are Ocean Sunfish Endangered?

Don't think so. Anyway not that I know of.

How large do ocean sunfish get?

Depends on the specific kind of sunfish, but in the wild the average lifespan of most sunfish species is around 5-7 years. In captivity they will live longer, however, so they could be seen to live 10+ years in that situation.

What animal lays the 300 million eggs?

mola mola, or ocean sunfish, (that is what an advertisement for Helio's new cell phone said)

What do ocean sunfish eat?

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. The diet of the ocean sunfish consists primarily of various jellyfish (similar to the diet of a leatherback turtle). Additionally, it consumes salps, comb jellies, zooplankton, squid, crustaceans, small fishes, fish larvae, and eel grass.This diet is nutritionally poor, forcing the sunfish to consume a large amount of food to maintain its size. The range of food items found inside sunfish indicates that the sunfish feeds at many levels, from the surface to deep water, and occasionally down to the seafloor in some areas. The sunfish can spit out and pull in water through its small mouth to tear apart soft-bodied prey. Its teeth are fused into a beak-like structure, allowing it to break up harder organisms. In addition, pharyngeal teeth located in the throat grind food into smaller pieces before passing them to the stomach.

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Does an Ocean Sunfish have a spine?

Yes, Ocean Sunfish do have a spine.

Where do ocean sunfish sleep?

Sunfish eat jellyfish.

Is a ocean sunfish on animal crossing wild world a shark?

no, it's an ocean sunfish. :)

General habits for a sunfish?

Generl habit for sunfish is the ocean

Are ocean sunfish omnivores or carnivores or herbivores?

sunfish are carnivores

What is the scientific name for sunfish?

Mola mola is the scientific name for ocean sunfish

What food does a ocean sunfish eat?

Ocean Sunfish MAINLY feed on jellyfish...But also feed on other SMALL fishes.

Is a ocean sunfish a carnivorer?


What does ocean sunfish decompose?


What hunts a jellyfish?

Seaturtles and ocean sunfish

What group of vertebrates does the Ocean Sunfish belong to?


How do the sunfish vertebrate?

The Ocean, or Common Sunfish, Mola mola, is the heaviest known bony fish in the world - and has a backbone.