One of the great mysteries of the open ocean, is the giant sunfish.
These creatures dive to incredible depths and navigate the world's oceans on a grand scale. However, many people have never seen one. Let alone what one looks like as a juvenile. At times the closest one comes to seeing one face to face, is after storms or large natural disasters. When they wash ashore on the coastline.
Recently, researchers have now taken an interest into the lifecycle of the sunfish. With some surprising finds. Including a rare photograph of a young larval stage sunfish for the first time. Revealing the miniature beginnings of one of the worlds largest fish species.
Photo: Sunfish, National Geographic
Photo: Laval Sunfish, Kerryn Parkinson