Mola molas are large, bizarre-looking creatures that cruise along the ocean's surface, slurping up sea jellies. Because the circular-shaped fish are generally slow-moving and docile, boaters often enjoy lengthy close encounters.
But as far as we know, only one person has actually climbed aboard a giant Mola as one might mount a horse, and taken it for a ride.
The accompanying footage shows a fisherman named Cliff, looking more like a circus clown than a cowboy, riding a Mola somewhere off Mexico, presumably Baja California. (The first video is a shortened version. The full-length version is posted below.)
"They started as strangers but ended up as good friends," reads the description of a video uploaded Tuesday. "The Mola mola was not harmed although Cliff had some barnacle burn--ouch!"
Cliff apparently was responding to a $20 bet among the anglers.
In some parts of the world, divers ride giant mantas and whale sharks, but that's increasingly frowned upon as a show of respect for the animals.
For the same reason, people should not ride Mola molas.
And as for the barnacle burn, it could be something more serious.
According to National Geographic, Mola molas "can become so infested with parasites, they will often invite small fish or even birds to feast on the pesky critters."
So perhaps the Mola mola was tolerating Cliff because he was rubbing off parasites as the pair rode off toward the horizon.
Definietly one of the goofiest encounters we've seen in a while.
--Hat tip to Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale-watching