By BicolToday.com News Team
OAS, Albay, 16Jan2016 – A rarely studied big fish which thrives 1 kilometer deep under the ocean was found by fisherfolks, but the report is not clear if the fish was caught or trapped along the coastal water.
Rarely encountered and studied, the fish Sharp tail Mola (Masturus Lanceolatus) was found in Brgy. Nagas Oas, Albay late last year by local fisherfolks.
The photos were taken by Mary Ann Escoto and they were posted by Romeo Candaza.
This measures approximately 1.5 meters width (fin to fin) and 2 meters long. Weighs more than 100 kilos. This is a relative of common ocean sunfish.
It lives between 200 meters -1000 meters below sea level and feeds on jellyfishes.
According to Wikipedia, the presence of these heavy, bony fishes indicates that the body of water is rich with nutrients which also suggests the presence of endangered species:
There is no report if any government scientific research has been conducted to study this deep ocean fish which rarely is seen or caught by trawl fishers. [BicolToday.com]