Mysterious Sunfish Washes Ashore in Florida
The Atlantic coast of Florida has been graced with an unusual visitor: a sunfish. This strange and exotic creature was found washed ashore on May 31, 2018 by locals near New Smyrna Beach. While sunfish are not unheard of in these waters, they are typically found much further out to sea. This specimen was a particularly large one, measuring four feet long and weighing in at 100 pounds.
Sunfish are the world's largest bony fish and can reach up to ten feet in length and 2,500 pounds in weight. They are aptly named for their characteristic round shape and bright orange coloration. Sunfish feed mainly on jellyfish, but will also consume small fish, crustaceans, and even marine worms. They are slow swimmers and tend to prefer warmer water temperatures.
While it is not clear why this sunfish washed ashore, it is possible that it became disoriented due to changes in the water temperature or current. Alternatively, it may have been injured or sick and unable to swim any further. Whatever the cause, the locals were more than happy to have this unexpected visitor show up on their beach.
Hundreds of Sunfish Mysteriously wash up on Shore in California
In late January, hundreds of sunfish began washing up on shore in California.
The cause of the mass deaths is still unknown, but officials are investigating if they died from a virus.
Many of the sunfish were badly decomposed and smelled bad, leading officials to believe they had died relatively recently.
Local residents and volunteers helped to remove the sunfish from the beach, piling them up in dumpsters and large trash bags.
Some environmental groups are concerned that the sunfish die-off could be a sign of something more serious happening in the ocean, but officials say it's too early to know for sure.
Enormous Sunfish Found Dead off Coast of Maine
In early August, an enormous sunfish was found dead near the coast of Maine. This species, the Mola mola, is the world's largest bony fish and can weigh up to 2,000 pounds.
Despite its size, the Mola mola is a docile creature that feeds mainly on jellyfish. So why did this one die?
Some experts believe that the sunfish may have been struck by a ship or caught in a fishing net. Others think that it may have been killed by parasites or disease.
Whatever the cause, this massive fish provides a stunning sight for beach-goers and fishermen alike.
Rare Sunfish Spotted off Coast of Rhode Island
A strange-looking sunfish was recently spotted off the coast of Rhode Island. The fish, which has been given the name "Mola mola tecta" by researchers, is a rare variety of sunfish that is usually found in more tropical climates.
This particular sunfish was observed swimming near shore in Narragansett Bay, and it was noted that its coloring and body shape were quite different from those of other sunfish species that have been spotted in the area.
Mola mola tecta can grow up to ten feet long and weigh nearly 2,000 pounds, making it one of the largest fish in the world. It is distinguished by its black body, white spots, and elongated dorsal fin.
According to researchers, only a handful of Mola mola tecta have ever been documented in the United States, and this is the first time one has been spotted off the coast of Rhode Island.
The sighting serves as a reminder that there are still many mysteries to be explored in our oceans, and that we should never take for granted the diversity of life that exists beneath the surface.
Sunfish Sightings Increase Along the East Coast
According to a recent study, the number of sunfish sightings has been increasing along the East Coast. The study, which was conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), looked at data collected from 1976 to 2016.
The findings of the study showed that there has been a significant increase in the number of sunfish sightings over the past few years. In fact, sunfish sightings have increased by a whopping 464 percent!
What could account for this increase? It's possible that warmer ocean temperatures are leading to an increase in sunfish populations. Sunfish are tropical creatures, and they thrive in warm water conditions.
Another possible explanation is that changes in ocean food webs are causing an increase in sunfish populations. Sunfish are omnivorous, meaning that they eat both plants and animals. As their prey becomes more abundant, it's likely that sunfish populations will continue to grow.
Sunfish are an important part of the marine ecosystem, and their increasing numbers are good news for coastal communities. These fish play an important role in keeping marine ecosystems healthy, and they provide an important source of food for other marine creatures.
So what can you do if you see a sunfish swimming near your coastline? Don't worry – these fish are not harmful to humans. In fact, they're actually quite docile and tend to avoid people. However, you should always observe these fish from a safe distance and never attempt to touch them.
If you want to learn more about sunfish, be sure to visit your local aquarium or research center. These institutions often have exhibits on sunfishes and other types of fish.