A rare fish that has never been seen before in the Northern hemisphere has baffled scientists after it washed up dead on a beach in Santa Barbara, California. After days of head scratching from experts around the world, the fish that washed up has been identified as a hoodwinker sunfish. The species is so rare that it’s existence was only described in 2017. The fish has never been seen this far north. As writer Shelley Leachman described in the UC Santa Barbara news, the discovery was extraordinary.
There are rare finds, and then there are those out-of-nowhere, first-ever discoveries that send scientists’ hearts aflutter. An occurrence at Sands Beach in Goleta a week ago lands decidedly among the latter.