March 20, 2019

"Giant sunfish washes up on Australian beach: 'I thought it was a shipwreck.'"

Cool photo at The Guardian.

17 comments:

rhhardin said...

Sunfish eat polar bears.

Marc said...

Since everything is a private message these days, I thought that the fuss about the female soccer or rugby player's photograph and the commentary it attracted was the more interesting bit at the Guardian this morning. There was a sunfish in California or somewhere just a few weeks ago; old news.

traditionalguy said...

That's big enough for Fish and Chips for everybody.

Ralph L said...

"Sunfish generally eat jellyfish "

Just like Obama, I find that hard to believe. Goo didn't build that.

Curious George said...

I wonder if they will try to blow it up like the whale that washed ashore in Oregon


Wince said...

"Here comes the sun... fish"?

You might think off singing that to "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles because it's the most-played Beatles song.

Ann Althouse said...
The answer given on XM radio was "Here Comes the Sun."

But a more apt Beatles song, especially tempo-wise, is "Here Comes the Sun King".

Here comes the sun king
Here comes the sun king
Everybody's laughing
Everybody's happy
Here comes the sun king

Quando paramucho mi amore de felice carazón
Mundo paparazzi mi amore chica ferdi para sol
Questo obrigado tanto mucho que canite carousel


And afterword you can pour Mean Mr. Mustard all over, eat it and wrap any leftovers in Polythene Pam. And if you get sick, Come in Through the Bathroom Window.

theCase said...

When I was in the Navy I saw one of these off Guam.

Our sub was surfaced, more-or-less dead in the water waiting for a tug to do a personal transfer, when one of these giant sunfish floated/swam by. We thought it was garbage or a piece of wood at first. Pretty ugly actually.....

tcrosse said...

I saw one of these off the coast of Cape May. They just sort of lie flat just below the surface, presumably to catch some sun.

Earnest Prole said...

Thanks, Curious George. I lived on the Oregon Coast near where the whale was dynamited, and that clip never fails to bring a smile to my face.

Anonymous said...

Saw a big fish, also was told by the Guardian that the world was doomed unless I sent them some filthy lucre..the pic was not worth it..

The Cracker Emcee Refulgent said...

The whale clip was hilarious. I never thought I’d feel nostalgia for the ‘70’s but, my God, it was an odd time.

Richard Dillman said...

The sunfish i catch never seem to get longer than about 8 inches, and seldom heavier than a half pound. They taste good, but cleaning
enough of them for a meal is really labor intensive. The lakes around Madison are full of similar sunfish. Variations on the common sunfish
are bluegills, pumpkin seed sunfish, and hybrid sunfish.

Richard said...

This is off topic, but since it was posted at the bottom of the article, I though I would comment on it.

“At this critical time we can’t turn away from climate change. The Guardian’s environmental coverage reports the scientific facts, social consequences and political choices that are shaping the fate of our planet. As the world's leaders turn their backs on the environment, we are at a crisis point. Individual consumer choices are important, but we need collective action to achieve the systemic change that will really make a difference. Our pioneering and our fearless reporting on the environment can play a vital role in that. But we need our readers’ support.”

Great scam on the part of the Guardian. To fight climate change, give us money.

Mike Sylwester said...

A few days ago I watched TCM's broadcast of the 1934 movie Man of Aran, which portrays a few Irish people who inhabited a desolate island off Ireland's west coast.

The movie included one long scene in which a few of the men were in a rowboat and caught a fish of about that size. They tried for a long time to bring the fish ashore, but it eventually escaped.

JaimeRoberto said...

They are just using that old fisherman's trick of holding the fish in front of them to make it look bigger.

Unknown said...

A giant sunfish seems like such a sitting duck for predators. Hard to fathom.

Be said...

Rare for Australia; fairly common to New England. People often mistake the sunfish basking for a shark dorsal on Boston north and south shores. Not helpful, given that we do have more great whites around Cape Cod nowadays.