It is not as terrifying as the great white shark, but this fish is nonetheless very impressive. On December 9, 2021, this behemoth was discovered off the Portuguese island of Faial, in the Azores, in the Atlantic Ocean, as our colleagues from Geo reported.
This lifeless sunfish was floating on the surface and had been brought to shore for improvement. On October 11, the results of his autopsy were published in the specialized journal Fish Biology. A video of this giant of the seas has also been uploaded to YouTube.
A giant fish of 2744 kilos!
The sunfish was about 3.6 meters high, 3.5 meters long but above all weighed an incredible weight: 2744 kilos. As a comparison, this weight is very close to that of a white rhinoceros.
According to the researchers who studied it, the images of its corpse do not allow us to realize the monumental appearance it must have had in the water. José Nuno Gomes-Pereira, lead author of the study and marine biologist at the Atlantic Naturalist Association, talks “of a majestic specimen“.
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With this size and weight, it became the largest bony fish in the world and entered the Guinness World Records.
The giant sunfish also affectionate the French coasts
This giant sunfish or humpback sunfish surpasses another sunfish announced in 1996 in Japan, which weighed around 2300 kilos.
According to scientists, these specimens like to bask in the sun on the surface of the ocean in order to warm up after long dives in the cold, dark waters to find food.
They can be found in many places around the world, but the exact number is unknown. It is not uncommon to find it near France, in the Mediterranean, where its favorite dish abounds: jellyfish.