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Subject: Re: Mola mola migrations
From: "PROCHAZKA, KIM" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 16 Aug 2000 15:52:24 SAST-2

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Dear Richard

I know nothing about the habits of ocean sunfish, but I was in the UK
recently, and saw one at Trevose Head in northern Cornwall on 6
August - thought you may be interested in the record.

It was lying on its side, flapping its pectoral fin and drifting in a
strong tidal current.  After a while it disappeared under the cliff.
There seems to be some confusion about whether or not these things
are in difficulty when they are lying on their side, or whether they
are just soaking up the sun.  We waited for quite a while and it did
not reappear from below the cliff, leaving the impression that it
had, indeed, been washed up on the shore.  Does anyone have any more
intimate knowedge of these fish?


Dr Kim Prochazka
Zoology Department & Marine Biology Research Institute, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, 7701, South Africa
Phone: (021) 650 3641       Fax: (021) 650 3301
E-Mail:  [log in to unmask]

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