Originally Posted by Hubec
It was definitely a Sunfish. I found the following; "At first glance you might think it's a shark fin, but the shape and the characteristic back-and-forth sculling motion is quite different from the straight-line motion of the fin of a cruising shark." In this online book
, referenced from Wikipedia
I have seen ocean sunfish (Mola mola
) on quite a few occasions too, but only in the ocean. My understanding was this video is from Pamlico Sound. But maybe I made a false assumption??
Was this video taken out in the ocean? It appeared to be in a protected/embayed anchorage.
Also, any time I've seen Mola mola
they have sailed along smoothly just below the surface, with a steady, purposeful swimming pattern, making slow graceful turns. Rays on the other hand, will lurch, surge, turn, flop and make a lot of surface commotion, which is what I saw in the video.
But I am not ruling out the Sea Serpant yet...