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Ocean Sunfish

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It hasn’t much to do with geochemistry, but everything with my fascination for the oceans and what lives in them.

The ocean sunfish as pictured by Adriaen Coenen (http://www.kb.nl/bladerboek/visboek/browse-en/page_150r.html).

The ocean sunfish as pictured by Adriaen Coenen (http://www.kb.nl/bladerboek/visboek/browse-en/page_150r.html).

The first time my eye was caught by the ocean sunfish, was leafing through a book full of real and fictitious sea monsters by Adriaen Coenen. I bought a copy, and started reading everything about these weirdest of creatures. Also, it became top of my bucket list of animals to see, preferably while diving. Then a few weeks ago I visited Monterey Bay Aquarium and, when entering the Open Sea exhibit, just cried:”An ocean sunfish!” Such a cool and strange thing! It’s not the best of pictures, but here it is:

Ocean sunfish at Montery Bay Aquarium

Ocean sunfish at Montery Bay Aquarium

There is a web cam of the Open Sea exhibit, featuring lots more fascinating fish including massive tuna, where you can see the “swimming head” lazily drift by from time to time:

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