Nov 07 2010
Sometimes we get rare visitors in Norwegian waters and a few days ago a small ocean sunfish (mola mola) was caught in a Norwegian fjord. The fish seen on the pictures in this post was caught in a purse seine while fishing for sprat.
With snow in the air it is not expected to catch species like this, and the fish had hardly any chance of surviving in the cold water this time of year. Warm sea water this summer can explain why this small ocean sunfish chose to migrate so far north. It is not a regular guest in Norwegian waters and very few individuals have been caught or observed in Norway.
The ocean sunfish may reach a length of more than 3 meters, but this young fish was only about 70 cm. long. Although it has a very special shape, it sure has beautiful colors. Photos: Dag Andre Gunvaldsen.