So this washed up on my beach today...

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So this washed up on my beach today...

Post by Nwbrewer » Sun Nov 15, 2020 7:31 pm

This (sadly deceased) Mola Mola drifted up on the beach in front of my place near Shelton. We saw a live one a few years ago, but nowhere near this large!

Mola Mola with 5' 2" child for scale.
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Re: So this washed up on my beach today...

Post by RoxnDox » Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:18 pm

Very sad to see it dead, for sure.
Very surprised to see it anywhere in the Sound, let alone all the way down by Shelton! Never heard of one in here...
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Re: So this washed up on my beach today...

Post by Penopolypants » Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:23 am

What a sad yet fascinating sight!

Every few years a live one will be spotted at Redondo in the summer. Lost? Or on an adventure?
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Re: So this washed up on my beach today...

Post by 60south » Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:24 am

Oh no!

Diving with a live one is near the top of my bucket list. Can we set up a mola mola emergency text hotline for sightings?

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Post by YellowEye » Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:26 pm

Nice find nevertheless! Any sign of how it died?
Did you get to swim with the live one you saw?
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Re: So this washed up on my beach today...

Post by Nwbrewer » Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:18 pm

YellowEye wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:26 pm
Nice find nevertheless! Any sign of how it died?
Did you get to swim with the live one you saw?
No there were no marks on it as far as I could see, but I couldn't exactly flip it over...

I did not get to swim with the live one, it was cold and I didn't have my drysuit handy. Interestingly it was within 10feet of where we found this one, just separated by a few years.
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Re: So this washed up on my beach today...

Post by oldsalt » Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:39 pm

Jim Lynch wrote a novel about unusual critters washing up on the beach in South Sound. It's titled "The Highest Tide". A good read. I'm really old, and have been playing in the sound for over 60 years, and have never seen a sunfish in the sound. I've seen many off the coast, the last time October 4th. That is a really interesting find. Thank you for posting.
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Post by oystercove_Matt » Mon Jan 25, 2021 5:04 pm

we had to drag it off the beach because it started to stink. but this is a 500LB fish and we had to drag it out with a 6 horse motor (it took 1hr to get rid of wish i had pictures)

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