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To the rescue!
2nd October 2017

By Sandra Pearce

A public aquarium has come to the rescue of a stranded giant Sunfish.

Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium team received a call for help from Mawgan Porth beach lifeguards.

With the help of British Divers Marine Life Rescue, one the worlds heaviest fish species was successfully rescued and transferred to Newquay’s harbour where it was released into the ocean.

The Rescue’s said that this was 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 two men to lift it. Typically these oceanic fish can reach a weight of anything up to 1000 kg.

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.