Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Here comes the sun!

image: Janet Baxter

Good evening Cliff ,

Had an hour & a half at the head & despite the coditions the Porps were showing very well . Not to be outdone a nice Sunfish was on view off & on for some time. My first this autumn.


Our first Sunfish of the year, (Mola mola) sighting from Adrian Rogers at Strumble!
The name "sunfish" often seems to bring an association with warm waters and perhaps with increased reports, the presumption of the seas warming.
Whilst I am in no doubt the seas are warming, this is not a good example. Oddly enough, elsewhere they are known as Moon Fish! The fact they seen to arrive in the summer on the gulf stream and dissapear in the autumn would suggest they are highly seasonal rather than just moving North.

Here in Pembrokeshire we have been recording them for several decades usually from the end of July to the beginning of October. I have heard of one or two others but this is a late first sighting for Strumble.