Monday, October 12, 2009

Sailor Sees A Really Big Fish in the Sound

A sailor from Port Jefferson, named Gregory Haegele, wrote this evening to tell me he and his family encountered an ocean sunfish, one of the rarest and biggest fish in Long Island Sound, off Greenwich today. Check this out to see just how rare they are.

Ocean sunfish can grow to be 10 or 11 feet long, and they seem to It seems to move in to the Sound in late summer and fall, judging from the few occurrences I've heard of.


Blogger matthew houskeeper said...

I have seen them twice, both times during autumn. About 25 years ago, saw one while fishing near Eatons Neck in October, maybe November. Saw another several years ago near the Race during September.

I read on one of the sailing forums this week that one was spotted near Guilford. Maybe the same one.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Gregory said...

Correction: I am the sailor who saw the sunfish, it was off Old Field Point near Port Jefferson, NY, not Guilford.

It is the third time I have seen an ocean sunfish. The other two times were in Block Island Sound. They can be spotted by a dorsal fin flapping lazily from side to side, almost as if wounded. They don't flee (in fact they seem very lazy) and when you approach them their haunting white face seems to look up at you. Their body is truncated, almost as if cut in half. A remarkable sight!

11:48 AM  

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