Report: The 6000 lb giant sunfish sets a world record as the largest bony fish


A giant ocean sunfish weighing more than 6000 lbs was found in Portugal and had the fish He set a world record after his death For being the largest bony fish known to man, according to a recent report.

The dead fish was discovered floating nearby Faial Islanda Portuguese island located within the archipelago of the Azores in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, according to the Atlantic Naturalist Society, a nonprofit research and education organization in the Atlantic region.

The Ocean Watch press release, dated October 13, 2022, states that the record-breaking fish was found on December 9, 2021, and weighed 6,049.48 pounds (2,744 kg).

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It also measured about 11.8 feet (3.59 meters) in height and 10.7 feet (3.25 meters) in length, according to an Atlantic Naturalist report, recently published in the Journal of Fish Biology.

A giant sunfish was found in the Southern Ocean weighing about 6,049.48 pounds floating in the Azores, Portugal.  The researchers brought the dead fish ashore for examination.

A giant sunfish was found in the Southern Ocean weighing about 6,049.48 pounds floating in the Azores, Portugal. The researchers brought the dead fish ashore for examination.
(AtlanticNaturalist.org)

Researchers from the Atlantic Naturalist Society and the University of Azores conducted stomach content research and DNA analysis to collect biometric and morphological data from the dead sunfish, but the sex of the fish could not be determined, according to a six-page Atlantic Naturalist report.

The sunfish is a species of Mola Alexandrini, also known as the Ramsay sunfish, Southern Ocean sunfish or spike-headed sunfish in many parts of the world, according to the Australian Museum.

Mola alexandrini is usually found in Temperate and tropical marine waters In the southern hemisphere, the museum reported, although some may inhabit or swim in the northern hemisphere.

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The southern species belong to the larger family Molidae, which is colloquially known as the ocean sunfish or mola mola, according to FishBase, a global database of fish species.

The ocean sun fish is said to be distinguished by its short bodies that end abruptly behind their dorsal and anal fins, giving them a half-fishy appearance. Fish also have skeletal bones instead of cartilage Seen in sharks and rays, and can weigh hundreds or thousands of pounds, according to National Geographic.

Classification features on the fish base list the total ocean sunfish population as “vulnerable” and the Mola Alexandrini population as having “extremely severe vulnerability”.

The dead sunfish found in 2021 had a “white color and pierced eyes” and a “large bruise” on the right side of its head along with “remains of brick red antifouling paint” commonly found on falcon boats, but it is unknown whether hit the fish Before or after death, as stated in the published report of the Atlantic Society of Naturalists.

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“The cause of death remains uncertain,” Naturalist Atlantic wrote.

The organization noted that the sunny Alexandrine Mola fish Found in Portugal He beat the previous world record for the sunfish Mola Alexandrini from 1996, which was found in Kamogawa, Japan, and weighed about 5,070.6 pounds (2,300 kilograms).

Guinness World Records has not updated the record for “heaviest bony fish” on the Internet.

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“These findings not only help us understand the role of invertebrate-feeding species in marine ecosystems, but also show that the ocean is still healthy enough to support the world’s largest animals,” Atlantic Naturalist wrote in its press release. “However, it raises concerns about the need for additional protection measures in relation to ocean pollution and boat traffic. “


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