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Gigantic sea creature washes up on beach thousands of miles from home – News Live

  Incredible photos capture a massive sea monster washed up on a beach thousands of miles from its native home  The hoodwinker sunfish, which at up to two tonnes is the heaviest bony fish in the world, was spotted on the shore of Sands Beach in Santa Barbara County, California this week  It is the first time the species had ever been seen on a US beach, as its native to New Zealand and Australia in the Southern Hemisphere  The mysterious creature was found dead but stunned researchers in California.  Marianne Nyegaard, a marine scientist who discovered the giant in 2017, said: “When the clear pictures came through, I thought there was no doubt This is totally a hoodwinker  “I couldn’t believe it. I nearly fell out of my chair ”  There are five species of saltwater sunfish but hoodwinkers prefer temperate water in and around Australia   Ms Nyegaard told CNN : “This is why it’s so intriguing why it has turned up in California  “We know it has the temperate distribution around here and off the coast of Chile, but then how did it cross the equator and turn up by you guys? It’s intriguing what made this fish cross the equator  “This fish had managed to stay out of sight and out of everybody’s attention.”  Thomas Turner, an associate professor in UC Santa Barbara’s Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology department, took photos of the strange, seven-foot animal  He and other scientists scoured the beach and examined the hoodwinker for research  They’ve also shared the extraordinary snaps on social media.  The hoodwinker sunfish was the first species of sunfish to be identified in 130 years back in 2017

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