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Rare giant sunfish washed up on beach so big it was mistaken for a shipwreck – News Live


 A giant sunfish found washed up on a river’s beach was so massive, the people who discovered it mistook it for a piece of a shipwreck  Linette Grzelak posted a picture of the dead sunfish found by a fishing crew at the mouth of the Murray River over the weekend in South Australia  She told the Guardian Australia of the incredible find: “My partner was out with his work crew and he thought it was a piece of shipwreck at first ”  Odd-looking sunfish are among the world’s largest ocean-dwellers.  They are distinctive for having no true tail and for their habit of swimming on their sides, basking in the sun   The fish discovered in Australia along the waters of the Coorong National Park was so big, Ms Grzelak posted on Facebook that she thought it wasn’t real  “I thought it was fake,” she wrote.   The find was identified by Australian experts as an Ocean sunfish called Mola mola and estimated to be about 1 8 metres long, the ABC reported.  It is the rarest of the species to be found in Australian waters and tends to be found swimming along country’s southern and western coasts  They can dive to the depths of the ocean.   “These huge beauties are the world’s largest bony fish and can weigh more than a car,” National Parks Australia said According to the Australian Museum, there are four species of the massive sunfish   The “unusual looking” adults are distinctively shaped, as they lack a true tail The Ocean sunfish is often as tall as it is long, and when they swim near the surface their tall dorsal fin can see them mistaken them for sharks  They enjoy jellyfish and occasionally small crustaceans and other fish, according to the Australian Museum  Tales of the giant sunfish affecting ships in Australian waters date back over a century  In 1908 a steamer off the coast of Sydney was halted by a 10ft 2in by 13ft 4in sunfish found jammed in its port propeller  In 1998 a sunfish weighing 1.4 tonnes was found stuck to the bow of a cement-carrying ship docked in Sydney  And just last year, a yacht had to withdraw from the Rolex Sydney Hobart boat race after it hit a sunfish and broke its rudder

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