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Watch the moment a sunfish, or mola mola, goes in for a feed off Western Australia's coastline

The rare sight of a mola mola feeding off Western Australia's North West Cape has been caught on film by 28-year-old tour guide Jade Pursell.

Mola mola - also known as ocean sunfish - are tropical-dwelling bony fish that can weigh up to 2000 kilograms.

Ms Pursell filmed the fish feeding back in September in what she describe as "an interaction I thought I might never have".

"How incredible is that mola mola, [it] doesn't even shut its mouth to eat, just suctions the jellies in," she said.

The avid ocean filmographer works at the Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours in Exmouth, and so spends much of her time in the water where she has been privy to some majestic scenes.

FEEDING TIME: Jade Pursell captured on film the moment a bony sunfish - or mola mola - went in for a feed off off Western Australia's North West Cape. Picture: supplied

FEEDING TIME: Jade Pursell captured on film the moment a bony sunfish - or mola mola - went in for a feed off off Western Australia's North West Cape. Picture: supplied

Recently, while swimming off Ningaloo Reef, Ms Pursell's Labrador, Sailor, was kissed by a curious 22-foot whale shark. She caught the moment on camera, and it's since gone viral.

Ms Purcell told Australian Community Media the enormous reach of her films online has helped to propell the Protect Ningaloo cause to a global audience.

The conservationist group is looking to preserve and promote the welfare of the UNESCO World Heritage listed reef, range and gulf in future coastal planning decisions.

This story Rare sight of a sunfish at feeding time caught on camera first appeared on Newcastle Herald.