Enormous, weird fish washes up on an Australian beach. So, what is it?

This is certainly one very fishy encounter.

Two fishers stumbled across quite the surprise when they found a sunfish which had washed onto the beach at Coorong National Park in South Australia.

The photos, taken by Linette Grzelak, were posted on Facebook by National Parks South Australia on Tuesday, and boy, it’s a weird looking fish.

Grzelak told CNN they thought the fish was a piece of driftwood when they drove past it.

The strange-looking sea creature has since been identified by the South Australian Museum’s ichthyology manager Ralph Foster as an ocean sunfish (Mola mola), due to markings on its tail and the shape of its head.

It’s known for its large size, odd flattened body shape and fins, although in this case, Foster estimates the fish to be 1.8 metres (70 inches) long, which is about average for the species. 

The species was only discovered and named in 2017, and it’s known as the sunfish because it enjoys basking in the sun on the ocean’s surface.

“Researchers have been putting satellite tags and data loggers on these fish and found they will come to the surface and lay on their side on the surface, hence the name the sunfish,” Foster explained to the news outlet.

“Once they are warm enough they dive down several hundreds of metres and feed on jellyfish and stay down there for lengthy periods of time.”

Foster said very little was known about sunfish, and it’s only in the last few years researchers have known more with the help of technology.

“Because it had evaded recognition and was misidentified for so long it was named the ‘Hoodwinker Sunfish’ by its discoverer,” he added.

“It was thought to be a purely southern hemisphere species but just a couple of weeks ago one made the news when it turned up on a Californian beach, highlighting how little we know about sunfish in general.”

By the way, their size and tendency to sunbake means that boats can hit them, or in much bigger cases, actually sink yachts.

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Ben Simmons shouts out Australian legend 'egg boy' on his sneakers

Ben Simmons repped an Australian legend.
Ben Simmons repped an Australian legend.
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The now famous teen who cracked an egg on the head of an Australian politician certainly has some high profile fans.

Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons paid tribute to the 17-year-old kid known as “egg boy,” by writing the teen’s name on his yellow shoes before the game against the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday.

The team’s mental performance coach, Paddy Steinfort, posted the image of Simmons’ sneakers in his Instagram story. That’s a pretty awesome shout out.

Simmons, who was born in Melbourne, also commented on a photo on the Instagram account of “egg boy,” calling him an “Australian Legend.”

Teammate Jonah Bolden, who is also from Melbourne, got in on the action too, writing “#LEGENDEGGBOY” on his sneakers.

These tributes come as “egg boy” was interviewed by police and released without charge on Tuesday, as they continue their investigation into the incident.

The lawyer for “egg boy,” Peter Gordon, told the media that the money donated to the teen through a crowdfunding page, now totalling more than $70,000, would be sent to victims of the Christchurch attack.

A mural has also been painted in homage of “egg boy,” while musicians and concerts have offered him free tickets for life.

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Man returns to his car to find a koala chilling in air-conditioned comfort

Air conditioning is a gift — one that belongs to humans and koalas alike.

Tim Whitrow, an Australian winemaker, was recently visiting a vineyard and left his car door open with teh air conditioning on to help keep his dog cool in the heat. When he returned to the vehicle he found a Koala chilling in the back seat. 

It took a little bit for Whitrow to finally get the koala to leave.

“As I was moving to another part of the vineyard I noticed that someone else was also in the car enjoying the A/C. It took a fair bit of convincing to get the feisty little fella out,” Whitrow wrote on Facebook.

Why anyone would want a koala out of their car and not in their arms, to be held forever, is beyond me. My fantasy pet combination is a dog and a koala. Imagine coming home to not one but two furry things.

Though it’s true that koalas don’t like to cuddle, and human encounters often stress the creatures out. But maybe this koala was different? Or perhaps it really was just really hot and wanted to cool off. (With their thick fur, koalas are known to overheat in hot temperatures and occasionally even pass out.)

Either way, congratulations to Whitrow on this brief encounter with a magical creature.

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Mural pays homage to Australian teen who egged Islamophobic politician

Not all heroes wear capes. But, some of them wield eggs as their weapon of choice.

ICYMI, an Australian teenager was filmed egging senator Fraser Anning over his Islamophobic response to the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand. The teen has since been dubbed #EggBoy on social media.

#EggBoy has now had a mural painted in his honour to immortalise his moment of triumph. 

For those who missed it, Egg Boy smashed an egg on Anning’s head. Anning immediately turned around an struck the teen. Police later released the teen without charges being filed, according to reports.

Street artist Van T Rudd painted the mural on Hosier Lane in Melbourne, Australia, and posted a photo of the work on Instagram. 

“This mural just HAD to be done! A tribute to #eggboy and his glorious response to Australian politician #fraseranning’s support of extreme right wing terror,” the artist wrote on Instagram.

“Don’t forget the protest against right wing extremism in Melbourne this Tuesday, 5.30pm too!!” continued the caption. “Solidarity with Muslims, refugees, migrants!”

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Teen eggs politician. Now he’s being offered free tickets to concerts for life.

It’s the egging that’s gone around the world.

Bands and festivals have offered a lifetime of free tickets to a teen who cracked an egg into the back of an Australian senator’s head, after the politician blamed Muslim immigration for the Christchurch terrorist attack.

The likes of hip hop festival Rolling Loud have offered “eggboy,” as the teen has become known, free tickets for life, as have bands like The Amity Affliction and Violent Soho.

“Eggboy” has understandably shied away from the public spotlight since the egging, despite his burgeoning popularity. A video of the teen speaking out after the incident has been making rounds on social media. 

“Don’t egg politicians,” he said. “You’ll get tackled by 30 bogans at the same time. I learnt the hard way.”

The teen’s Instagram account has also jumped in popularity, amassing more than 400,000 followers since Saturday when the incident took place. A GoFundMe raising money for the teen has reached over $40,000.

Although “eggboy” walked free following the egging, Victoria Police said they would be investigating the incident in its entirety, which includes the retaliation of the senator and other people at the event.

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