British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue

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2017-08-22 21:24:05

World’s Heaviest Fish Rescued In Cornwall

A British Divers Marine Life Rescue team assisted Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium on Saturday 19 August with a stranded Sunfish.

Following a call from Mawgan Porth beach lifeguards the sunfish, one the worlds heaviest fish species, was successfully retrieved and transferred to Newquay’s harbour where it was re-released back into the ocean aided by the crew from Newquay Sea Safaris.

“It was amazing to see such a fantastic creature up close.  I am really pleased we manged to rescue and keep the fish alive.” said aquarium aquarist Ed Wainwright.

“Yes it’s not everyday you get to see a fish like that. It was great result for the stranded sunfish, especially as they are now a vulnerable species. It was a united effort by everyone involved,” aquarium aquarist Jade Hammond added.

BDMLR’s Dan Jarvis who was also at the scene stated that according to records this is the only live stranding of a Sunfish on a Cornish beach in at least 10 years.

Sunfish are recorded to be the world’s heaviest bony fish and the Cornwall visitor was no exception, requiring 2 men to lift it and measuring in at 66cm in length and 97cm wide. Typically these oceanic fish can reach a weight of up to 1000kg.

They spend up to half the day basking in the sun near the surface of the water on their sides, which helps keep up their body temperature after deep water dives hunting for food sources.

Although sunfish prefer warmer tropical and temperate water at around 12 degrees centigrade, it is not uncommon for sightings of the fish in southwest waters as they heat up over summer.

Any marine animals in distress can be reported to the BDMLR 24hr hotline 01825 765546.