New world record. Discovered the heaviest fish on Earth weighing 3 tons (photo)
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Scientists have confirmed that the dead moonfish, the carcass of which was found in the Azores, is the heaviest bone fish on the planet.
the carcass of a huge moonfish that swam in the ocean not far from the shore. It turned out that this is a representative of the species Mola alexandrini and this fish weighs almost 3 tons. This figure is an absolute record for modern bony fish, writes Live Science.
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The lifeless carcass of the moon fish was caught and sent to scientists for research. An autopsy was carried out, as well as a detailed study of the bone fish found. And recently, scientists presented their verdict.
According to marine biologist José Nuno Gomes-Pereira, this is a southern moonfish, which is 3.6 meters wide and 3.5 meters long. After weighing, it turned out that the weight of the fish is 2844 kg. During the study, scientists examined the contents of the fish's stomach and took samples of its DNA.
“In the photographs, this dead fish does not look like it really is, it is truly huge,” says Gomes-Pereira.
According to the scientist, now a new world record and the title of the heaviest bone fish belongs to this sample of marine fauna. The previous world record was also held by a moonfish caught in Japan in 1996. She weighed 2300 kg. The Mola alexandrini species was only classified by scientists in 2018. These giants can be found in different parts of the Earth, but their exact number remains unknown.
As Focus already wrote, in Cambodia, fishermen caught a giant freshwater stingray weighing almost 200 kg. Its width was 1.9 m, length – 4 m.
We remind you that 4,000 whales died in 120 years near the island of death in New Zealand, surrounded by sharks.