Posted by: orcaweb | May 26, 2009

20 May Blog Update: Sunny Side Up

Sun, sea, cetaceans and a sunfish, all in one day aboard MV Pont Aven!

I always get a tingle of excitement when I get back onboard the Pont Aven after a break, just the anticipation of what we might see is enough to start me off!

This week the Bay of Biscay lived up to its reputation of as one of the best marine wildlife watching areas in Europe as group after group of Common and Striped Dolphins leapt past passengers sunning themselves on deck. But to me what was most memorable about this sunny day in the bay (apart from getting more than a little rosy around the cheeks from the sun!) was the sighting of a Sunfish.

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After just happening to glance down from scanning ahead to the side of the boat I noticed what at first looked like a plastic bag but closer inspection revealed the rather odd looking Sunfish. A tropical fish with a large round body they often lie horizontal near the surface and it’s not difficult to see why they are called Sunfish. Drifting on warm currents good numbers reach the Bay of Biscay and west coast of Britain during the summer. Reaching 3 ½ meters in length and being the heaviest of the bony fish along with its unusual appearance makes the Sunfish an interesting sight, knowing that these fish lay over 300 million eggs at a time make these an awesome sight!

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