What is that thing? Giant fish pulled up from Seattle’s Elliott Bay

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Jennifer Klingenstein and her son Quinn, 4, look at the giant fish on a table Wednesday at Sunfish restaurant in West Seattle. The sunfish, weighing several hundred pounds, was caught in Elliott Bay by a tribal fishermen gillnetting for salmon. (Photo credit: Mark Harrison/Seattle Times)

SEATTLE — This photo of a strange-looking fish was taken by Mark Harrison of The Seattle Times, a day after the creature was pulled up from Seattle’s Elliott Bay, off Harbor Island.

According to the Times, a Muckleshoot tribal fisherman, Todd LaClair, had his gill net in the waters off Seattle.

“I was fishing at about 100 feet deep, and as I pulled in the net I could feel that it was big,” LaClair told the Times. “When it first came up, it startled me and looked like something that came from Mars.”

He said he later discovered it was a giant sunfish — a mola — that he estimated at about 350 pounds.

The mystery is why it was in Elliott Bay. Sunfish are native to tropical and temperate waters and feed mostly on jellyfish.

To read the entire Seattle Times article, click here.

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