Simon Markwell poses with a whopping moonfish caught recently off the coast of Queensland.
Simon Markwell poses with a whopping moonfish caught recently off the coast of Queensland.

Rare moonfish on sale at Kingscliff



THE fish don't come much bigger at your local fish shop than this whopping 57kg rare moonfish on display at Action Supermarket in Kingscliff.

The fish, a Lanpris guttapus, was caught by a tuna longline boat about 200 kilometres off the coast of Gladstone recently and sold to the supermarket by a Brisbane wholesaler.

The supermarket's seafood department's assistant manager Jake Kelly said the fish was not for sale as one piece but would be cut up and sold in fillets from today.

"It's a popular fish for sushimi and sushi dishes and its flesh is similar to tuna," Mr Kelly said.

The moonfish, he said, was related to the sunfish, also a large deep-water fish and was found on the east coast of Australia, in Canada, Argentina, the Gulf of Mexico and Florida.

Its average length is between 80cm and 150cm but it can grow to a length of 1.8 metres while its average weight is between 20kg-to-50kg but can weigh up to 270 kilograms.

Its depth range Mr Kelly said, was between 100 and 400 metres while its diet consists of jellyfish, squid, crustaceans and small fish.



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