We’ve Just Discovered the World’s Largest GOLDFISH, and It’s for Real

You won’t believe that this kind of fish actually does exist in the oceans.

This isn’t a doctored photograph, not even close. The fact is scientists new about the largest goldfish on record, but never could see it up close and personal. Until now. In fact, better yet…. This new species of sunfish dwarfs the size of all others. A remarkable 8 feet in length, and clocking in at 2,200 lbs. And it’s just a freakin’ fish!

We've Just Discovered the World's Largest GOLDFISH, and It's for Real

A truly novel find, actually, when you realize that not only is the Mola tecta (Latin for “hidden”) a fish scientists were always aware of, but the species was also nicknamed the “hoodwinker” sunfish given its ability to somehow avoid discovery — in other words, scientists could never prove its actual existence. We’re talking decades of research and not even one live picture of the sunfish. Until now.

Just in case you were wondering and want to see this in scale (do you really want to see just how big one of these sunfishes are?), here’s a way to put this in perspective:

We've Just Discovered the World's Largest GOLDFISH, and It's for Real  We've Just Discovered the World's Largest GOLDFISH, and It's for Real
Credit: Michelle Freeborn/Wellington Museum Te Papa Tongarewa

That’s how big these suckers tend to get. And it really does look like some sort of weird mutated monster goldfish. Thank God these beasts won’t eat us.

 

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