• book

From the Publisher

Before his death from cancer in 2010, Scott Gordon lived a vividly adventurous life that most people could only dream (or read) about. Mola mola! is one tale in a series of short stories written by novelist Glenn Gordon, Scott's younger brother, describing in rich and suspenseful detail the scope of a life well-lived.

In this tale, while swordfishing in the Atlantic Gulf Stream, the crew of the Lisa Ann come across a school of ocean sunfish, some of the largest and most bizarre-looking fish in the sea. Scott throws on a mask and fins and dives over the side to swim among them. And then he has the craziest of ideas: I wonder if it would be possible to ride one of these things, bronco-style.

Published: Glenn Gordon on
Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
Availability for Mola mola!
With a 30 day free trial you can read online for free

    Related Articles

    2 min read

    Worms: The $7.5 Billion Industry You Haven’t Heard Of

    The humble marine worms used to catch fish are some of the most valuable items to come out of the sea, new research shows. For the first time, scientists have calculated the size and value of this overlooked industry. They estimate 121,000 tons of worms—worth nearly £6 billion (or about $7.5 billion in U.S. dollars)—are used for bait each year worldwide, most of these dug out of beaches and tidal flats. For comparison, that’s more than three times the annual revenue generated by the U.S. sushi industry. The estimate is especially impressive since it pertains to the use of various types of mar
    Popular Science
    2 min read

    This Fish Basically Gives Its Enemies Heroin

    Richard Smith/OceanRealmImages A venomous fang blenny, Meiacanthus nigrolineatus swimming in the Red Sea. At first glance, a fang blenny looks completely unthreatening. It’s small, brightly colored, and looks like it would be an adorable backup character in a Finding Nemo film. Then, it opens its mouth. Anthony Romilio Skull of a fang blenny The skull of the venomous species Meiacanthus grammistes. Yikes. Fang blennies get their name from their distinct twin fangs, which fit securely into slots in their heads when their mouths are closed. Scary enough. But some fang blennies add a little extra
    4 min read

    Plastic Is the Ocean’s New Junk Food

    Plastic is so pervasive that I sometimes forget it’s all around me—in toothpaste, in makeup, in clothes. But plastic is also omnipresent in places untouched by people, and one sobering forecast shook me: By 2050, it’s likely that plastic in the oceans will outweigh all the oceans’ fish. Some reports predict 850-950 million tons of plastic (the equivalent in weight of 4.5 million blue whales). Given all the plastic we’ve put into the oceans over decades—the present rate is 4 to 12 million tons of plastic per year—you might think some species will have adapted somehow, perhaps taking a liking to