Ocean Sunfish

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The Ocean Sunfish is an enormous fish with a deep oval-shaped body, tall shark-like dorsal and anal fins, but totally lacking a tail or caudal fin. The mouth is small, with weak beak-like jaws, adapted to a diet comprised mainly of jellyfish and other soft-bodied invertebrates. The skin is very rough and thick and the flesh is insipid and distasteful – which generally seems to deter predators. They are very poor swimmers and are sometimes struck by ships and ocean-going yachts. Maximum size is reported to be about 4 m in length.

Sunfish are found in oceanic surface waters in most tropical to temperate seas of the world.

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