Just what is this mystery fish sighted in Nova Scotia’s Bedford Basin?
Some people in Nova Scotia were freaked out when a strange fish made a mysterious appearance. It didn’t take long for video of the strange fish taken from the boardwalk in Dewolf Park to go viral.
At first people thought this was a shark, but that turned out not to be the case.
“It is definitely, I can say 100 percent, an ocean sunfish,” shark expert Warren Joyce told the News Atlantic. The ocean sunfish, also known as the mola mola, is a pretty rare sight anywhere. And these fish can get huge, up to 2,200 pounds!
As Joyce noted to the News Atlantic, it’s easy to see how someone could mistake it for a shark with the large dorsal fin.
Even though a sunfish isn’t nearly as threatening as a shark, these people still got treated to a very rare sight. Ocean sunfish are considered threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.