05 Sep '15, 2am

8 baby animals that don't look like their parents

An ocean sunfish, also known as a mola, is one of the strangest, and largest creatures in the ocean. And we can guarantee that if you saw mom and baby next to each other, you wouldn't guess that the tiny pinhead sized fish would one day grow up into the giant and odd-looking parent. When born, a mola is covered by a star-shaped transparent casing. That shell disappears and the fish grows up to become a creature you might mistake for a shark from the surface. The heaviest bony fish in the ocean, the mola can grow to more than 5,000 pounds. The baby doesn't stay tiny for long. A mola at the Monterey Bay Aquarium grew two pounds a day for 15 months, rounding out at 822 pounds during that time. The mola moves through the water using the dorsal and anal fins since the back fin never grows outwards, giving the fish that strange unfinished appearance.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/8-baby-a...

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