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Secrets of sunfish that created waves on Black Isle set to be revealed


By Val Sweeney

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An Ocean Sunfish washed up on Rosemarkie beach. Picture: Wendy Maltinsky
An Ocean Sunfish washed up on Rosemarkie beach. Picture: Wendy Maltinsky

THE secrets of a large ocean fish stranded on the Black Isle far from its home will be revealed during an online discussion tomorrow.

The stranding of the sunfish Mola Mola at Rosemarkie in September last year caused a stir as it is typically found in warm, temperate waters.

At the time, Wendy Maltinsky, who came across the creature while swimming at Rosemarkie, posted: "Strange strange times. A new kind of picture from my early swim. This time a beached sunfish. It looks like it had a run-in possibly with dolphins?"

It was later collected by the Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme for National Museums Scotland whose team set about dissecting the specimen to better understand how and why it had travelled so far from home.

The museum is now holding an online event on Thursday, May 13, hosted by wildlife biologist and broadcaster Lizzie Daly.

Ms Daly is an ambassador for the Marine Conservation Society, the Jane Goodall Institute UK and the first ever female patron of ORCA.

An Ocean Sunfish washed up on Rosemarkie beach. Picture: Wendy Maltinsky
An Ocean Sunfish washed up on Rosemarkie beach. Picture: Wendy Maltinsky

The event will include a panel discussion and question and answer session with principal curator Andrew Kitchener and specimen preparator Georg Hantke plus videos and images of the dissection.

A warning has been issued that it will include some graphic images and viewer discretion is advised.

Revealing the Secrets of the Rosemarkie Sunfish takes place between 7.30pm and 8.15pm.

Further details of how to book online can be found on the National Museum of Scotland website.

Sunfish washes up on Black Isle beach to the surprise of morning swimmer


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