Geelong Advertiser

SEA MON­STER WASHES UP

- JES­SICA COATES

A RARE, gi­ant sun­fish has sur­prised hol­i­day-mak­ers af­ter the fish washed ashore at Ken­nett River on

Satur­day.

Tim Roth­man and James Barham were vis­it­ing from Mary­bor­ough for the week­end when they came across the enor­mous fish ly­ing on the beach.

“We were walk­ing along and saw this big lump on the sand,” Mr Roth­man said.

“I’ve never seen any­thing like that be­fore. It looked like an alien from a dis­tance.”

The pair guessed the crea­ture washed ashore with the high tide ear­lier that morn­ing.

Sun­fish gen­er­ally sur­vive off jel­ly­fish and are typ­i­cally found in trop­i­cal and tem­per­ate wa­ters world­wide.

It’s un­der­stood their name comes from their habit of spend­ing hours bask­ing in the sun to in­crease body tem­per­a­ture be­fore div­ing back be­neath the water.

Mr Roth­man said in the decades he’d been vis­it­ing Ken­nett River, he’d never seen any­thing like it.

“I doubt I’ll see any­thing like it again,” he said.

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Tim Roth­man and James Barham with gi­ant sun­fish at Ken­nett River.

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