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Help me identify this fish…

Vol. II, No. 6

I saw this really strange fish lurking near the surface off the coast of Charleston, SC a couple of weeks ago.  This is the best photo I could get.  It looks like a ray, but appeared to only have one fin, which it was flipping above the water a bit. Does anybody know what it could have been? 


Update: It is an Ocean Sunfish, which can be found on Long Island Sound as well.

4 Responses

  1. An Ocean Sunfish well I can honestly say that I have never heard of this fish until now. Thanks for this picture please keep posting more, and watch out for any more Ocean Sunfish.

  2. Jack Harder says:

    I’ve heard that you’re not supposed to get too close to them.

    The way they defend themselves is by trying to jump in your boat!

  3. WaterViews says:

    Thanks! It WAS an ocean sunfish…apparently they eat jellyfish and there were a lot of them in the area.

  4. overtaxed says:

    Ocean Sunfish