Rare giant sunfish washes up on Australian beach

Rare giant sunfish washes up on Australian beach
Linette Grzelak via CNN video

A weird-looking, enormous sunfish was discovered by two fishermen on the shore at Coorong National Park in South Australia over the weekend.

The ocean sunfish (Mola mola) was spotted at the mouth of the Murray River by Steven Jones, the supervisor of a cockle fishing crew, and his colleague Hunter Church.

“He thought it was a piece of driftwood as they were driving past on the work truck,” Jones’ partner Linette Grzelak, who posted the photos of the fish on Facebook, told CNN. “None of them had seen anything like this before.”

“They find all sorts of sea life along the beaches they dig but it has been mostly sharks and seals. This was something very different,” Grzelak added.

“Steven said it was extremely heavy and its skin was leathery like a rhinoceros.”