Dead Fish Monday


A hoodwinker sunfish lays on the beach at Coal Oil Point Reserve in Santa Barbara Photograph: Thomas Turner/AP

A giant sunfish has washed up on a beach in California, the first time this particular species of the animal has been sighted in the northern hemisphere in 130 years.

The sunfish measuring 2.05 metres (6ft 8 in) and weighing several hundred kilograms, or more than 600lb, was found on the beach of the Coal Oil Point Reserve in California.

Staff at the reserve posted photographs of the enormous fish on social media, incorrectly but understandably identifying it as an ocean sunfish (Mola mola), which is commonly found in seas off the US.

Instead, it was something more remarkable, a hoodwinker sunfish (Mola tecta), a rare species that was first spotted in 2014 by a Danish PhD student working in New Zealand, and formally identified in 2017.


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18 Responses to Dead Fish Monday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Dating inconsistent. Hasn’t been 130 years since 2014, just feels like it.


  2. Micki says:

    Hey, Mr. Handy-man Extraordinaire!

    I’m getting conflicting advice…I have a double-sink in the kitchen. One side has a disposer.

    A while back, both sides (at times) would not drain quickly. When I’d turn on the disposer (I NEVER put big, or hard, items into the unit) to flush down the teensy scraps, the other sink would back up. I’d use a plunger with vigor and voila! Both would drain.

    Now, the backups are more often. I was told NOT to use Drano or anything like that because it’s supposedly not a good idea to use those products in a disposer.

    What’s accurate? IS it okay to use a Drano-type product? If so, do I use it only in the side w/o the disposer? (Both sides have the same drain pipe, right?)

    Man, this is one part of being solo, that makes me a little crazy. πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for any tips you can give!


    • Den says:

      Look under the sink, does it have metal drain pipes or plastic ones? metal ones don’t like chemicals, If they are plastic they can handle chemicals, I use Bleach in the drain side, not the disposer side, pour a cup in before bed it will work overnight to break up the gack. If that does not work disassembly of the trap is needed.

      To remove the trap and manually clean it. First remove all the stuff below the trap in the cabinet and install a bucket to catch spillage.The trap is the U shaped part, it usually has a nut at each end for disassembly, Unscrew those large nuts with a large pliers like Channelocks. Look for the thread side and loosen by turning the nut to the left to back it off the threads. there should be a gasket, either rubber or plastic depending on metal or plastic drain pipes, then wiggle the trap pulling it down until it comes off. Look inside it for gunk buildup and clean it with an old bottle brush and Dawn in the bathtub if is packed.

      If you remove the trap and is clean the clog is further down the line in the plumbing and will require a plumber to clean out the line. I had an in-laws drain pipes that were clogged bad from using Ivory Dish Soap for 20 years.

      Try Bleach first and if disassembly of the pipes is beyond your skill level best to call a Pro.

      I have seen dishwasher drain get plugged by food bits from the disposer backing up but that didn’t plug everything just the dishwasher wouldn’t drain.


      • Micki says:

        Plastic pipes. So, I’ll try the bleach as the first plan of action.

        Thanks you so much for the thorough explanation. If necessary, I feel capable of disassembly of the pipes. Yikes! Hope I don’t need to take that step, however. What if I can manage dis- but not re- ????? πŸ˜‰


  3. David B. Benson says:

    For only the second time ever, took the snow shovel along the alley, down Monroe Street and back along Illinois Street to shovel the front steps from bottom up. This went faster than anticipated; that’s unusual. So in less than an hour the front stairs are semi-usable. But the footing isn’t good enough to carry down the trash or the recycling so I’ll have to store in the basement because I am running out of room in this little kitchen. Anyway, after warm up I can go fetch several days of mail. 😐


  4. David B. Benson says:

    It was cold so I hurried; 15 short minutes to the uncrowded Hill Cafe.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Around Antarctica some icebergs are green.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Once again, around Antarctica some icebergs are green.


  7. David B. Benson says:

    For the 3rd time, as the first two were swallowed, around Antarctica some icebergs are green.


  8. Carol says:

    Doc, you could have given me a clue as to what your suggestions were about. That would have refreshed my memory.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Suggested that you might want an inexpensive propane lantern and also a propane room warmer. For the next time the power goes out.


  9. Carol says:

    Went grocery shopping in Mason, unloaded at home then headed south 20 miles to dump my recycling. Now, if I can get out there to burn the trash, the garage will be normal again. Right now, too damn cold, plus too breezy.

    Going w/ Jill in the morning to get the taxes done even though I don’t have to file taxes. I’m going to ask Bob, the preparer, if I can do my own MI next year, or have Pete do it. All I have to do with Michigan is get my homestead property tax rebate, or whatever it is. The little card they mail every year, it says $63 on it. That’s can’t be right. We always get $300/$400. Maybe that 63 goes into some kind of formula. I’ll find out tomorrow.

    If it ends up that is, indeed, the rebate, I won’t file. Bob will charge me $50 to do the MI, so why bother filing just so Bob can make $50.

    By the way, previous cards over the years never had our rebate on it. We were always surprised after the MI tax was done to see how much we were getting back. That $63 has to be wrong.


  10. Micki says:

    Where’s Jim!??
    Time seems fleeting (at times! haha) but it seems to me like I haven’t seen him around DWF for “some time.”

    Yoo- hoo!!!


  11. David B. Benson says:

    Where is Tuesday?


  12. David B. Benson says:

    Same place as my comment about Tuesday?


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