Ocean Sunfish - Niilo-Antero Haranto
Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola) in larval and adult forms
The Ocean Sunfish is a demonstration of nature's ability to create art that surpasses anything the human mind is capable of generating, both in terms of visual splendor and imagination.
It is the weightiest species in the Bony Fish group. The rear part of its body is covered by the dorsal and anal fins, resulting in an illusion of the body ending abruptly. The surface indeed tricks you into believing the fish is a product of imagination rather than an animal.
My painting observes the Ocean Sunfish both in the larval form and as an adult. During transition into adulthood, the fish transforms into an entirely different creature. The process is a formidable presentation of nature's diversity and skill at reinvention.
The round, spiky baby Ocean Sunfish bears an uncanny resemblance to the sun - however, that is not where the species gets its name. To compensate for the chilly, deep dives the fish makes into the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, it regularly rises close to the sea level for a session of warm sunbathing - hence, Sunfish.
The near-symmetrical shape of an adult Ocean Sunfish is ideal for comparative representations such as the one depicted in my illustration.
Ink and watercolour
As the author of illustration I have given permission and consent to be loaded in Wikimedia Commons with Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0.