The World's Biggest Bony Fish Is Discovered: "A King of the Open Ocean" The body of a 3-ton gigantic sunfish appeared off the coast of Portugal.

By Jonathan Small

They're gonna need a bigger boat.

Researchers in Portugal have discovered the largest recorded bony fish ever, weighing in at an impressive 3 tons.

The giant ocean sunfish (Mola mola) was found dead and afloat near Faial Island. Researchers from the Atlantic Naturalist Association and the Azores University were able to move the fish ashore, then needed a forklift and crane to lift it to a scale.

One of the researchers, José Nuno Gomes-Pereira, told CNN Tuesday that he was sad "to see the animal in this situation as it must have been a king of the open ocean."

Previously, the heaviest reported sunfish, and Guinness Book of World Records holder, was found in Japan in 1996. But she only weighed a diminutive 2.5 tons.

The Portuguese sunfish was 10 feet long and 11 feet high. The silvery-gray fish has a tiny mouth and big eyes that vanish into an even bigger body with a truncated tail. Its gender has not been identified yet.

The Mola species is the world's heaviest bony fish. But there are bigger fish in the sea with cartilage instead of bones, such as sharks and rays. For example, the whale shark is ten times bigger than the sunfish.

Photo by Alexis Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Photo by Alexis Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Jonathan Small

Entrepreneur Staff

Editor in Chief of Green Entrepreneur

Jonathan Small is editor-in-chief of Green Entrepreneur, a vertical from Entrepreneur Media focused on the intersection of sustainability and business. He is also an award-winning journalist, producer, and podcast host of the upcoming True Crime series, Dirty Money, and Write About Now podcasts. Jonathan is the founder of Strike Fire Productions, a premium podcast production company. He had held editing positions at Glamour, Stuff, Fitness, and Twist Magazines. His stories have appeared in The New York Times, TV Guide, Cosmo, Details, and Good Housekeeping. Previously, Jonathan served as VP of Content for the GSN (the Game Show Network), where he produced original digital video series.

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