National Museum of Scotland - Secrets of the Rosemarkie Sunfish

13 May 2021, Starts: 19:30, Ends: 20:15

Thursday 13 May 2021    7.30 - 8.15

Duncan MacRae of Rosemarkie has drawn attention to an event to be hosted by the National Museum of Scotland

Discover the facts about a large ocean sunfish that stranded off Scotland’s coast in 2020 and hear what we can learn from studying this strange fish. 

On 23 September 2020, a large ocean sunfish Mola Mola was stranded at Rosemarkie on the Black Isle peninsula north of Inverness. Typically found in warm, temperate waters, this surprise guest caused a stir in the local community and the sunfish was later collected for National Museums Scotland by the Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme.

Join us for a panel discussion and Q&A with Principal Curator Andrew Kitchener and specimen preparator Georg Hantke, plus videos and images of the dissection, to learn more about the anatomy, behaviour and diet of the sunfish and hear how the dissection work helped tell the story of the Mola mola’s unusual journey to Scotland. 

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