A group out for the day on the water came across one the stranger sights the ocean has to offer on Saturday.

Edward Briese was out on the water with his uncle and others as part of their family's clamming operation in Reed's Bay.

While they were out there, his uncle told them about a strange dead fish he had seen the other day.

A few hours later they came across the giant dead fish, missing some fins but still floating in the shallows of the bay.

"It was a really unique experience," Briese said Monday. "It was stuck in the shallow waters."

None of them knew what it was right away, but a little research turned up the likely answer.

It was likely a mola mola, or ocean sunfish. But not those little sunfish you catch as a kid with your plastic fishing pole.

Briese said it was just under 6 feet long, which is only a little over half-grown for these strange creatures.

Mola molas are the largest bony fish species in the world. Full-grown adults can reach 14 feet high and 10 feet long and weigh more than 5,000 pounds.

The fish has a unique growth cycle, starting off smaller than a pinhead and reaching massive size. Despite their size, they are docile and not at all dangerous to people.

In a February 2016 piece, a photographer came across a 14-foot mola mola off the coast of Spain.

Nature.org declared it the weirdest fish in the ocean, largely because of its unique back fin, which folds over on itself, creating a rudder.

The fish survives on jellyfish and can produce as many as 300 million eggs at a time. It is also usually infested with parasites. Mola molas typically live in the open ocean chasing jellyfish. But they often float at or near the surface, allowing birds and small animals to clean the parasites off their scales.

For Briese and the rest of the clamming group, it was different type of tale to share and for him, a special way to celebrate the first time he had been on the water in over a year.

"Moments like these we kind of keep to ourselves," he said.

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