Fishermen in Valeikuda, Mannar hauling in their prized catch yesterday (22) had been surprised at the unusual fish among their catch.
The unusual fish was an Ocean Sunfish.
The Ocean Sunfish is one of the two heaviest known bony fish in the world, the other being the southern sunfish (Mola alexandrini) of the same genus. Adults typically weigh between 247 and 2,000 kg (545 and 4,409 lb).
The specimen caught yesterday had weighed around 55kg and a large crowd had gathered to get a glimpse of the unusual catch. Fishermen had also informed marine experts of the fish.
The genus Mola belongs to the family Molidae. Sunfish are considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, including Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. In the European Union, regulations ban the sale of fish and fishery products derived from the family Molidae. Sunfish are frequently caught in gillnets.