A man identified only as "Cliff" had a little fishy fun when he rode a Mola mola in Mexico earlier this summer.
The encounter is documented in a video posted to YouTube July 30 by "Matt G," who writes: "The mola mola was not harmed although Cliff had some barnacle burn - ouch!"
Fox & Friends reports Cliff rode the fish as part of a $20 bet, and while he won the money, the joke may be on him: Mola have a reputation for being covered in parasites, some of which undoubtedly rubbed off all over Cliff's legs.
Indeed, writes Matt, "The mola was covered with parasites ... He came back to the boat several times after this most likely using us as a cleaning station/backscratch."
Those parasites are no joke. Mola have been known to become so infested that they'll seek out birds and other animals in attempt to have them eat the unwelcome passengers.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium notes that more than 40 different types of parasites have been found on mola, some of which even carry their own parasites, meaning our fish-riding thrill-seeker may have come in contact with way more than he bargained for.
Mola, otherwise known as Sunfish, are the heaviest of all bony fish. According to National Geographic, the creatures can grow to sizes of 14 feet vertically and 10 feet horizontally and can weigh close to 5,000 pounds.
Mola are keen eaters of jellyfish, which unfortunately leaves them susceptible to unnatural deaths as a result of ingesting plastic bags, which share a similar appearance to the creatures.
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