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    Default Sun Fish in Resurection Bay

    Today while coming back from Chiswells we were a bit surprised to see a Sun Fish who appeared to be lolling around, soaking up the rays. It was straight off from Pony Cove, SE of Cheval Island. Wow. My friend is going to post the video on You Tube. Will submit a cool pic when I can figure out how to do it.

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    As in the Oceanic Sunfish or Mola Mola???? Looks like a fish whacked in half??
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    That is so cool! Man, I would love to see pictures or video!

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    Def a Mola Mola. Shocked us! Am trying to post pic, do you know how?

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    Easiest way is to do so via a photobucket account. Open an account, upload the picture, and cut and paste the code that starts and ends with [IMG] that is noted next to your picture. You can attach pictures directly here as well, but folks have problems with that more often than not.

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    That's not good, that's suppose to be a warm water fish?

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    Default Sun Fish estimated 2-3 100 pounds


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    Wow. Unreal!

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    That's crazy

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    Amazing! What did it do when you got close?

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    Dove straight down. I think it was sunning and we startled it.

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    Is that common to see those up here?


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    I have seen pics of two caught by commercial boats down here in SE this season.

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    Wiki - says they do inhabit all the oceans and sometimes cruise through cooler waters up North. Mostly tropical and are deep water swimmers for the most part - 600 ft. The fish science guys think they are re-heating their core temps when displaying the basking behavior and then go back down. Amazing egg laying capacity - largest of any vertabrate - up to 300,000,000 at a time. wow!

    Here's a pic circa 1910 of a guesstimated 3500 # Sunfish.

    I've seen a few basking off the Carolina coasts during fishing trips. Around 6-8 feet tip to tip and maybe going a couple hundred pounds.
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    Not necessarily a "tropical" fish as we saw them off the Washington Coast a bit. But that's pretty dang cool. Last time I fished that area a few weeks back, the water temp via the buoys and our fish finder read over 60 deg. Buoy in K-bay was reading 52 deg which I think is more normal. My kid swam for hours with a drysuit on in Resurrection bay as well. It felt like bath water. It was a little concerning how warm it felt.

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    Hmmm, I wonder if that is the same one that was seen off of LaTouche on July 27th
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    Quote Originally Posted by FishGod View Post
    Hmmm, I wonder if that is the same one that was seen off of LaTouche on July 27th
    I see the resemblance - almost looks like a sea turtle in that pic. I'm sure with the naked eye it obviously wasn't a turtle.
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    Pretty neat, appreciate you guys sharing the pics.
    Did you happen to spot it on the surface while cruising, luck upon it while drifting, or what?

    Again, cool pics.
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    We were motoring at 5 knots (2 cylinder diesel) and at the slower speed noticed it. Thought it was a drifting tree, but then saw a definite shark like fin bob up and then down. Decided to check it out and coasted engine off right to it and startled it out of its sunbath.

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    Heard you guys talking about it on the radio yesterday. Cool to see the pics!

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