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Thread: Rare sighting on the River Torridge

  1. #1
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    Default Rare sighting on the River Torridge

    My wife and I stopped on Bideford old bridge a couple of days ago to look for bass, often seen around high water chasing fry under the bridge. We were amazed to see a Sunfish about a metre long just a few feet away. They swim just below the surface with their large, shark like, dorsal fin above the water surface. There are huge numbers of jellyfish around at the moment and these ocean wanderers feed on them. We've seen a few over the years but only when offshore. This one was right in the town centre. Didn't have a camera, so for anyone not sure what they look like, HERE'S a link to pics and some blurb.
    Paul.
    Just goin with the flow

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    Fantastic! They're enormous things, hope to see one, one day.
    Covering as many malmiles as possible before being distracted by the pub!

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    Wow! I only paddled part of the Torridge Estuary last Sunday. We saw a lot of jellyfish, which I have seen washing onto north Devon beaches lately, though
    it's amazing to think that a sunfish made its way up to Bideford!

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    Mola Mola (sunfish) are beautiful fish with a great deal of mystery surrounding them. I would love to actually see one someday. Lucky you Paul.

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