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Old 16 August 2006, 17:51   #1
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Odds bods...

...and petty fishes.

We snapped this halfway between Holy Isle and Ardrossan at lunchtime today.

Anyone going to confirm its ID, or comment on how it shouldn't have been there?
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nice pic...will keep a look out when were in the area!
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Looks like a sunfish to me. Pretty common in UK waters and very odd indeed.

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Lokks like it to me, Mola Mola aparently quite common in southern waters can grow quite big.
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Deff a Sunfish, you could/should report it to Millport Marine Station(Mavis I think) as it's not very common this far up.
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Gave in on my search and went with what I know and ordered a new 8.5 Scorpion with a big 4 stroke on the back, build and delivery next month. How are you keeping?

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PS that boat we looked at in the marina is circa £110,000!!!
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Deff a Sunfish, you could/should report it to Millport Marine Station(Mavis I think) as it's not very common this far up.
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Hey Ollie you got a boat yet?
Andy is right, it is an Ocean Sunfish and as the name suggests they are not all that common inshore. From memory they tend to be out towards the continental shelf. You often see them if you are out a long way, last time I saw any was on the ferry crossing Biscay. You can see a fair bit, if you can access the monkey deck on the bridge. Loads of whales, dolphins, tuna and these fellas... If you fancy it this is the link:

http://www.companyofwhales.co.uk/htm...t/about_fr.htm

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Thanks for all the responses - I was fairly sure as to what it was; I've given the details to the Arran natural history people and they got all excited. Seems it's quite a while since one was sighted in the Clyde Approaches. We've got quite a few jellyfish up here at the moment, so it probably drifted along after them.

Global warming may have its benefits after all...

...but I may eventually need an icebreaker RIB
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Gave in on my search and went with what I know and ordered a new 8.5 Scorpion with a big 4 stroke on the back, build and delivery next month. How are you keeping?

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PS that boat we looked at in the marina is circa £110,000!!!
Told you it wasnt easy to be without a boat , £110k no way well over priced for what it was. Keeping well enough and out of trouble!!.
Look forward to seeing your new boat, let me know if your coming up and I'll take you to some hill billy pubs .
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