Underwater sunshine 57/57 ……

In 1957 a peculiar fish was donated to the East London Museum. The specimen was a slender sunfish (donated by Mr. Flack) found along the southern Wild Coast. It has taken another 57 years to have a second record logged at the museum.

Museum fish expert Greg Brett identified the new record found this week by museum scientist Kevin Cole at Cove Rock, west of East London. See illustration below.

Kevin Cole with the Slender sunfish

Slender sunfish: Ranzania laevis

These fish are oceanic and can grow to a length of 100 cm. Sunfish are puzzling and fishermen have many tales about them – locally they signify a warning that a potential storm is imminent in the area. Whether the story is true or not, coincidence would have it that on the day of the find (Monday 24 Feb 2014) and within an hour or so of the find a massive storm hit the coast with driving rain and blistering winds. Kevin was performing a whale necropsy with a colleague from Bayworld and staff from the East London Aquarium when the storm hit.

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