Sunfish strands in Kenya

This video says about itself:

5 Oct 2012

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From The Star daily in Kenya:

Kenya: Rare, Huge Fish Found Dead At Shores of Indian Ocean in Malindi

By Alphonce Gari, 3 December 2013

A rare species of fish has been found dead at the shores of Indian Ocean in Malindi Marine National Park. The fish on Sunday evening attracted hundreds of residents and tourists visiting the park.

The fish, which Kenya Wildlife Service officials said is an ocean sunfish, weighed more than 150 kilos with a width and height of five feet. Local fishermen said they have never seen such a fish species in their lives.

Its head resembled that of a dolphin and it swims sideways as opposed to other fish species found in the Indian Ocean. Kenya Wildlife Service senior warden at the park Felix Mwangangi told journalists that the fish was found at 6.30pm.

He said it could have been brought by high ocean currencies from the deep sea. “The ocean sunfish is normally found in the deep sea, it was brought to the shores by ocean currents and may have crashed in the reefs and died as the body had injuries,” Mwangangi said.

He said the fish is not dangerous and is among the most friendly species found in the sea. Mwangangi said it is also one of the biggest species of bone fish found in the ocean.

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