Rare 300-lb. sunfish washes up ashore

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Rare 300 LB Sunfish Washes Up Ashore
The Ocean Sunfish, also known as the Mola mola, looks like a huge fish head, with a wedge of a tail. You can find them in tropical oceans around the world.

So what was this 7-footer doing on a beach in Washington State? It washed up at Cape Disappointment State Park and was found dead at low-tide by a group of kids after a campfire program.

June Mohler, who works at the park, estimates its weight at close to 300 pounds. The cause of death is unclear -- a few days later it washed back into the ocean.

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This Aug. 29, 2014 photo provided by Cape Disappointment State Park shows a 7-foot ocean sunfish rarely seen in Washington waters, washed ashore on a beach at Cape Disappointment State Park near Ilwaco, Wash., at the mouth of the Columbia River, with June Mohler, a biological technician working as an interpretative assistant. Mohler said It was found dead on the beach at low tide Aug. 27 by children after a campfire program. "It's really an odd-looking fish," she said Friday. It was taller — 82 inches from fin to fin — than its 70-inch length, and she estimated it weighed close to 300 pounds. (AP Photo/Cape Disappointment State Park, Eric Wall)
This 880-pound ocean sunfish, shown in a undated photo at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, Calif., was returned to the sea Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1998. The sunfish had outgrown its exhibit, said aquarium spokesman Ken Peterson. (AP Photo/Monterey Bay Aquarium)
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