World’s Heaviest Bony Fish Discovered?

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: May 13, 2003   View Article

In fishing circles, talk of the big ones always garners an audience. The bigger the fish, the more awe it inspires. A crowd may soon gather around Tierney Thys, a marine biologist with the Monterey, California-based Sea Studios Foundation, and Chuck Farwell from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

As part of Thys’s study of the little-known ocean sunfish (Mola mola), a behemoth that can grow more than 4.2 meters (14 feet) long from dorsal fin tip to anal fin tip and 3 meters (10 feet) in horizontal length, she has uncovered a fish that may be a new record setter for the world’s heaviest bony fish.

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