3500 pounds of vintage saltwater giant

This sunfish apparently was caught out of Santa Catalina Island, California in 1910.  What a beast.  Thanks to Brian at Southern Maryland Fishing for use of the photo.  Visit their website at http://www.southernmarylandfishing.com/index.php

 I actually didn’t know anything about sunfish until I saw this post.  Here is what wikipedia has to say:

The ocean sunfish, Mola mola, or common mola, is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. It has an average adult weight of 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). The species is native to tropical and temperate waters around the globe. It resembles a fish head with a tail, and its main body is flattened laterally. Sunfish can be as tall as they are long when their dorsal and ventral fins are extended.

Sunfish live on a diet that consists mainly of jellyfish, but because this diet is nutritionally poor, they consume large amounts in order to develop and maintain their great bulk. Females of the species can produce more eggs than any other known vertebrate.[1] Sunfish fry resemble miniature pufferfish, with large pectoral fins, a tail fin and body spines uncharacteristic of adult sunfish.

Adult sunfish are vulnerable to few natural predators, but sea lions, orcas and sharks will consume them. Among humans, sunfish are considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, including Japan, the Korean peninsula and Taiwan, but sale of their flesh is banned in the European Union.[2]

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2 Responses to “3500 pounds of vintage saltwater giant”

  1. Holy smokes. That’s a monster!

  2. Had no idea a sunfish could get that big…. I imagine eating all of those jellyfish could make ’em pretty mean 🙂 . Thanks for the article.

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