Monday, September 13, 2010
iReport mystery solved

Ghana sunfish

It's not every day that we get a mystery submission here at CNN iReport, especially one from an African beach.

 

So when iReporter goodnewsfm1  shared photos of a strange-looking creature that fisherman had dragged to shore in Abuesi, Ghana, we were curious. The fish was football-shaped, with long fins and almost no tail. It was also HUGE -- goodnewsfm1 said it was the size of four people and that 20 strong men couldn't carry it.

 

When the fishermen got the fish to shore, no one would eat it because they didn't know what it was.

 

We didn't know what it was either, so we asked around. Tim Mullican, the vice president of Zoological Operations at the Georgia Aquarium, identified the fish as an ocean sunfish, also known as a Mola mola. The average ocean sunfish grows to about 6 feet long and weighs more than a ton, but they can get much bigger. You can find out all about them at sunfish.org.

 

goodnewsfm1 says some fishermen tied the fish to their boat and dragged it back out to sea, but it washed back on the beach in the same spot.

 

"The community was convinced that it was a sea god, so now some are scared to even get closer to where the fish is," he told CNN. They ended up leaving the fish on the beach.

 

We love getting interesting stories like this and want to thank goodnewsfm1 for sharing his photos. If you see something unusual in your part of the world, we hope you'll share it with us too.

2 Comments
September 17, 2010
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That is GINORMOUS!!!!

September 17, 2010
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I've seen a number of them off the coast of Florida from the air. I watched one as large as 10 feet long and about 6 ft wide get eaten by sharks while I was hovering in a helicopter. Fantastic, but true!

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