Image: Ocean Sunfish on the Steamer Fiona
A huge Ocean Sunfish being hauled aboard the Steamer Fiona in 1908.
- © Australian Museum
- Common name:
- Ocean Sunfish
- Scientific name:
- Mola mola
On 18 September 1908, the Steamer Fiona, was 65 km from Sydney when it suffered a ‘violent concussion’. A boat was lowered over the side and the men onboard saw a Sunfish jammed in the framework of the port propeller. The fish was the largest known at the time, measuring ’10 feet, 2 inches’ (3.1 m) in length and ’13 feet, 4 inches’ (4.1 m) in height.
The image has been copied from: Stead, D.G. 1933. Giants and Pigmies of the Deep. The Shakespeare Head Press. Pp. 108.