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People Are Hysterical Over A Viral Sunfish Rant On Facebook
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People Are Hysterical Over A Viral Sunfish Rant On Facebook

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The ocean sunfish, or mola mola, is doing its best to survive. However, Scout Burns made a Facebook post that said it shouldn’t even exist in the first place. In her now-viral Facebook sunfish rant, Burns explained why she believes the sunfish to be the world’s most useless creature, comparing it to giant dinner plates that “God must have accidentally dropped while washing dishes one day and shrugged his shoulders at because no one could have imagined this would happen.”

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Common Mola Has a Questionable Reputation

As VICE pointed out, it’s understandable why someone would think so little of the sunfish. The mola has many nicknames: schwimmender kopf (“swimming head”) in German, putol (“cut short”) in the Philippines, and “toppled car fish” in Taiwan are just a few of them, and they’re not doing its reputation any good either. The last one is an especially accurate insult since the mola grows to roughly the size and shape of a trash-compacted car.

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Marine Biologist Shares His Opinion on the Sunfish Rant

To explain this amusing text, Bored Panda contacted Andy Lister, a marine biologist from Lincolnshire, UK. Lister called the rant about the ocean sunfish “fantastic” for its artistry. “It’s well thought through for the most part but largely flawed,” he added.

“A lot of what Scout posted is accurate, but her viewpoint on it all is somewhat biased against them,” the scientist said. “[But] apart from the fact that sunfish are decently powerful swimmers using those massive fins, it isn’t far off the mark at all.”

According to Lister, the sunfish is actually pretty well suited to survive. “Jellyfish aren’t exactly motorized, so it can eat its way through them pretty well. Coming to the surface to be cleaned by birds is actually pretty smart. Similar idea to the Rhinos and Oxpeckers. As much as they can get to 5,000 pounds too, it is very unlikely that will happen now. Similar to saying Humans can reach over 7 feet tall,” he explained. “Whilst they may not be stupid as f**k, they certainly are, however, dull as f**k.”

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The comment section below Burns’ rant was full of praises

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Some People Disagree with the Ocean Sunfish Rant

David Masad asked a biologist friend what they thought about the sunfish rant post. The response was as intense as the rant itself.

“[She] has no idea what she’s talking about!” his friend Zenia Sherman said. Furthermore, she explained that any animal that eats mainly jellyfish is helping the environment because overfishing of the ocean has led to a huge increase in the number of squidgy jelly animals. They even fact-checked all of Burns’ arguments and came to similar conclusions as Lister, highlighting that sunfish aren’t drifters but active swimmers instead, controlling where they go with as much thrust as penguins. “Not bad for a 5,000-pound fish head with wings.”

“The fact that ocean sunfish utilize birds to rid them of parasites is actually quite clever,” the biologist said. Sunfish have also been proven to have learning behaviors, which means they can adapt to their changing surroundings (also smart).

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However, that doesn’t mean that Zenia disliked the post altogether. “I thought the rant was pretty funny, honestly,” she told Bored Panda. “My friend asked for my thoughts on it, and I’ve always loved fish and thought sunfish are pretty neat because of their odd body shape, so I was happy to ‘defend’ them in an equally humorous way; it was a nice distraction from studying. He asked to share it, and we were both very surprised when it went viral.”

Even though Zenia hasn’t been able to spend that much time researching them because of school, she did come to the conclusion that the ocean sunfish is so wonderfully weird. “Nothing else looks like it, and it’s been around for millions of years! That indicates a pretty successful survival ability, I think. I hope they can be in our oceans for many more millions and that humans don’t ruin those chances.”

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Slinkman
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4 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Haha some take her comments way too seriously. She is just making fun, and i like her humour. I don't believe she really hates the fish, just exaggerates for laugh.

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The only truly worthless species on the planet is human beings. Every other creature on Earth has a function in the ecosystem, except us. We are the ones who are growing beyond limit and destroying everything, even threatening our own survival. I've never heard of any other species which is so stupid to destroy its own habitat! We are the ones who should disappear!

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Asi Bassey
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have utmost respect for your opinion, and I also totally disagree with it.

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Slinkman
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4 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Haha some take her comments way too seriously. She is just making fun, and i like her humour. I don't believe she really hates the fish, just exaggerates for laugh.

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María Hermida
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The only truly worthless species on the planet is human beings. Every other creature on Earth has a function in the ecosystem, except us. We are the ones who are growing beyond limit and destroying everything, even threatening our own survival. I've never heard of any other species which is so stupid to destroy its own habitat! We are the ones who should disappear!

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have utmost respect for your opinion, and I also totally disagree with it.

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