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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A sign of warm water?

I've heard a few reports of Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola) recently a couple washed up on local beaches (see below), and Lewis saw one swimming at the north end of Bodega Harbor yesterday (near Whaleship Road)!  I don't know how often they enter Bodega Harbor do you?

This relatively small sunfish was photographed on Salmon Creek Beach on 14 June 2015:

Ocean Sunfish are often associated with warmer water.  Although sea water temperatures have dropped down to 10.5°C (51°F) during the last couple of days, just before that they were up to 15.5°C (60°F).  It'll be interesting to see how warm the ocean gets this summer.

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