A marine biologist is reporting a sharp rise in number of sunfish stranded on Cape Cod beaches.
The unusual-looking migratory fish, which can grow to nearly nine feet long and weigh thousands of pounds, can be found mid-to-late summer in Massachusetts. Marine biologist Carol ``Krill'' Carson tells the Cape Cod Times that a couple dozen or more are usually found stranded on beaches annually. So far, about 130 have been stranded this year.
Carson says this season is ``out of control,'' noting the season doesn't end until mid-August.
She has a network of about 30 volunteers who assist her in returning the fish to the sea or taking tissue samples if it's dead.
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The sunfish is capable of long migrations to the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico in the winter.