VietNamNet Bridge – The ocean sunfish which was netted by a fisherman in the central province of Nghe An on April 9, has been given to the Vietnam Museum of Nature.
Vietnamese fisherman catches rare fish
The fish, which is very rare, was caught by fisherman Ho Van Doan in Nghe An province. A local man named Chien bought the fish at the price of VND4.5 million to present to the Vietnam Museum of Nature.
Dr. Pham Van Luc, the museum’s director, says that the museum sent its employees to Nghe An to take the fish.
Luc says that this species is listed endangered in the Vietnam Red Book. “The ocean sunfish is distributed in the Gulf of Tonkin and the central region of Vietnam. The number of ocean sunfish in Vietnam is less than 250,” he adds.
Last year the museum received another ocean sunfish of 30kg, also from the man named Chien.
“This fish will be displayed at the museum to serve visitors and research purpose,” Dr. Luc says.
The ocean sunfish, Mola mola, or common mola, is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. It has an average adult weight of 1,000 kg (2,200 lb).
The species is native to tropical and temperate waters around the globe. It resembles a fish head with a tail, and its main body is flattened laterally. Sunfish can be as tall as they are long when their dorsal and ventral fins are extended.