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A hoodwinker sunfish in sunny California.
A rare fish thought to live in the southern hemisphere has washed up in Santa Barbara, California.
The appearance of the seven-foot (2.1m) hoodwinker sunfish has baffled scientists, who question how the fish made it so far from its home waters.
This online article describes how more specimens of Mola Tecta / hoodwinker sunfish have turned up, the crowd-based efforts to identify their actual range, and suggestions why their known range seems to have shifted so dramatically (if at all?).Mola Tecta was only 'discovered' (presumably as in discovered to be distinct from the regular ocean sunfish) in 2014. Therefore its distribution might not be fully understood yet.
Actually, it has visited the northern hemisphere before ...
FULL STORY: https://news.yahoo.com/bizarre-monster-fish-hoodwinked-researchers-120006781.htmlHow a bizarre, monster fish hoodwinked researchers and reeled in a wave of citizen scientists
A woman in Denmark has a chunk of a massive creature in her freezer, next to her peas. In New Zealand, a fisherman has pieces of the giant in a bottle of vodka. And in Alaska, a bush pilot hops in his seaplane to hunt down samples of the colossus, known to some as an enormous 4,000-pound floating head.
No, it's not the Loch Ness monster. And yes, it's safe to say that the behemoth that washed up on a beach in Southern California a year ago has created a worldwide furor. Scientists were shocked to find the weird fish – known as a "hoodwinker," or Mola tecta – in North America. When photos broke of the California find, fascination mounted around the globe.
"There’s this 'mola militia' that lives underground," said Patrick Webster, social media content creator for Monterey Bay Aquarium. "But every time something goes viral with a mola, people say, 'that’s my favorite animal!'"
Now, citizen scientists from South Africa to Japan are helping researchers find out why the weird fish ended up thousands of miles from home.
People in four corners of the Earth are hooked – the hoodwinker is reeling them in. ...