Gigantic sunfish washes up on Norfolk beach

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A gigantic sunfish has washed up on a beach in Norfolk, becoming the most recent of several arrivals in a phenomenon which experts have attributed to the warming up of the seas.

The rare fish, which is more commonly found in tropical waters, was spotted by a wildlife photographer on New Year’s Day.

The baby sunfish measured about 1.5m from the top to bottom fin and washed up on North Beach in Great Yarmouth.

The imposing specimen can, as an adult, grow up to 4m tall and is the largest bony fish in the world.

Dr Ben Garrod, from the University of East Anglia, said it was the fourth sunfish which had washed up on Norfolk’s beaches in the last 12 months.

“We don’t know why they died and this is an ongoing research project, but it’s incredibly important as we know so little about them,” he told the BBC.

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