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a person who attends an auction on behalf of the seller and tries to put the price up. Restricted by the Sales of Land by Auction Act 1867 and the Sales of Goods Act 1979. See WHITE BONNET.

PUFFER, commerce, contracts. A person employed by the owner of property which is sold at auction to bid it up, who does so accordingly, for the purpose of raising the price upon bona fide bidders.
     2. This is a fraud which at the choice of the purchaser invalidates the sale. 5 Madd. R. 37, 440; 3 Madd. R. 112; 12 Ves. 483; l Fonb. Eq. 227, n; 2 Kent, Com. 423; 11 Serg. & Rawle, 86; Cowp. 395; 3 Ves. jun. 628; 6 T. R. 642; 2 Bro. C. C. 326; 3 T. R. 93, 95; 1 P. A. Browne, Rep. 346; 2 Hayw. R. 328; Sugd. Vend. 16; 4 Harr. & McH. 282; 2 Dev. 126; 2 Const. Rep. 821;. 3 Marsh. 526.

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Ocean sunfish are also called "Mola Mola," which in Latin means a "millstone.
This species resembles with ocean sunfish (Mola mola) and differs mainly in the shape and structure of the tail.
Divers in Musandam have reported sighting the Ocean Sunfish or Common Sunfish, scientifically referred to as Mola Mola.
otters and delicate jellies, to powerful sharks, elusive octopus, and giant ocean sunfish.
Birmingham records another first, as this ocean sunfish - famed for its bullet-proof exterior - goes on display in the National Sealife Centre.
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Though some visitors may be more thrilled by the sharks or the huge, round ocean sunfish slowly cruising the tank, others will be mesmerized by the school of 80 big yellowfin tuna that flash and dart like synchronized swimmers.
To gain a better understanding, an international research team - funded through the Natural Environment Research Council's Oceans 2025 programme - attached electronic tags to 55 individual fish from 14 different species of shark, tuna, jellyfish, billfish and ocean sunfish.
Looking at the photos from the past of the huge ocean sunfish and sawfish really made me appreciate how far we as sportsmen and stewards of our resources have come since the old days of keeping a fish only for the purpose of pictures and bragging rights.
I liked the article on ocean sunfish (molas) in your September 1999 issue.

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