A young ocean sunfish (Mola mola) has stranded on the beach of De Haan. The animal was alive and has been taken to the Sea Life Blankenberge, but the chances of survival are slim.
The animal is still young, it only measures 60 cm in height. To compare: an adult sunfish can grow up to 3 meters in length and a stunning 4 meters in height. It is the heaviest known bony fish in the world.
Sunfish strand from time to time on our beaches, mostly in wintertime. They are not the greatest swimmers, and often get into trouble in shallow water, because of a strong current or waves.