Sunfish are the world’s largest bony fish, and their ancestors have been around for 12 million years. They are mainly found in oceanic waters, but occasionally wash ashore. They occur in northern New Zealand waters, but specimens have been cast up as far south as Otago Harbour. They often drift near the surface, lying on their sides, or swim upright with the dorsal fin projecting above the water – when they may be mistaken for sharks.
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