17 March 2006

Satellite secrets of sunfish

Two Oceans Aquarium

Aquarists caught and tagged two sunfishes off Mouille Point on 17 March 2006. The satellite tags, which were purchased with funding from the Project AWARE Foundation, were programmed to surface in August 2006.

We hope to divulge intimate details about the lives of these two sunfish later in the year. We will also share this information with Dr. Tierney Thys from Monterey Bay, California, who is conducting research on sunfish on a global scale. We have supported Dr Thys’ research in the past by supplying her with tissue samples for DNA analysis, helping her to satellite tag other sunfishes in our waters and collecting observer data from fishing boats.

Recent research by Dr Thys suggests that sunfish found around South Africa may be a unique species.

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