Ocean sunfish weighing more than a ton washes ashore

<I>KEVIN HEIMBIGNER/Chinook Observer</I><BR>This ocean sunfish measuring six\- feet from head to tail and six-feet-six inches between fin tips, recently washed ashore about six-tenths of a mile south of the Cranberry beach approach. The ocean sunfish is the largest bony fish in the seven seas and this one likely weighed over a ton when alive.

LONG BEACH - A gigantic ocean sunfish recently washed ashore six-tenths of a mile south of the Cranberry beach approach and appears to be of average size for the species Mola mola, which is to say it is huge. This particular ocean sunfish is about six feet from head to tail and about six feet, six inches from fin to fin, which means this fish weighed just over a ton, according to information on the Wikipedia website.

Ocean sunfish have been found to be as large as 11 feet by 14 feet across and weighing over 5,000 pounds and are classified as the heaviest bony fish in the world. The species are more native to tropical and temperate waters around the globe and can be found in every ocean. They have been observed off the Washington coast for decades and the difference between ocean sunfish in the southern and northern hemisphere oceans are minimal. They stay in water temperatures greater than 50 degrees and the Pacific is about 58 degrees at the present time off the coast of Washington.

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