Sunfish beaches on Dutch island


Sunfish on Ameland beach, photo © Petra de Jong

Translated from Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands:

Sunfish on Ameland beach – 01/03/13

A huge ocean sunfish 1.55 meters long and 1.22 meters high! Hikers found the big fish last Tuesday on the beach of Ameland. It is a remarkable find. It does not happen every year that ocean sunfish are seen along our coast, yet this is the fourth individual in a few weeks’ time. In addition, this one was pretty big. Usually people see smaller specimens. The largest one ever in the Netherlands beached also on Ameland. That was in 1889. That animal was 2.73 meters long.

Several finds

On Texel in December two dead sunfish were found on one day, one on the North Sea beach, the other one along the Wadden Sea. They were two relatively small fish of 60 and 80 centimeter. A few days later a third sunfish washed up on the beach of Domburg in Zeeland. This one was 1.13 meters long.

Yesterday, a squid beached on Ameland as well; photo here.

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  9. Bahrain alerts over exotic marine species

    Manama, 1 days ago

    Fishermen in Bahrain have been urged to immediately alert authorities if they catch exotic marine species.

    It comes after a “weird” fish – black with purple colouring – was caught at the Manama Jetty near Bahrain Financial Harbour on Sunday, but was quickly released back into the sea, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.

    The fish, believed to be foreign to Gulf waters, is thought to be called Ocean Sun Fish or Mola Mola.

    Environment Co-operation Society for the Protection of Coasts, Fisheries and Migrating Birds president Hassan Al Mughani told the GDN they hoped to study the fish before it was released.

    “Sadly, the fishermen sent it back to the sea as they did not have the equipment to keep it alive long enough to be taken to Ras Hayan Fish Farm,” he said yesterday.

    “The fish was the size of an adult Hammour and looked really different from anything we have seen.”

    Al Mughani stressed the importance of raising awareness among local fishermen to enable research on new marine species visiting Bahrain’s waters.

    “Fishermen should be informed on how to act when they catch a fish not belonging to the Gulf sea,” he said. “Perhaps proper equipment should be made available at jetties in case of such situations.”

    His comments were reiterated by Fishermen’s Protection Society president Jassim Al Jeran, who said carrying out studies were crucial to safeguarding marine life.

    “Such a catch should be sent to Ras Hayan Fish Farm or somewhere else depending on what authorities in the environment advise,” he said.

    “This fish would have given valuable information on Bahrain’s marine life, perhaps we would see more of this kind of species following changes of tides or aftermath of reclamation. We won’t be able to know until we study such fish caught in Bahrain and therefore fishermen should inform authorities and seek to send them to the right body.”

    Al Jeran suspected the fish was from the Arabian Sea. “Perhaps it came to Bahrain through the Strait of Hormuz,” he said. – TradeArabia News Service

    http://www.tradearabia.com/news/HEAL_235498.html

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