Sunfish eats Portuguese Man of War

A highlight of yesterday’s sightings from Sao Miguel was a very large sunfish of about 2.5m in length. During the encounter we saw its dark dorsal fin waving above water, which is typical of sunfish approaching the surface. Close to the sunfish there was a Portuguese Man of War, but nobody was really paying much attention to it as the sunfish was just a great show to watch. However, the Portuguese Man of War turned out to be part of an even greater show.

The fish was in fact basking, but slowly approached the jellyfish and ate it. At this point the sunfish turned showing its shape and the lighter coloration of its belly and slowly started diving.


Sunfish can reach 3m in length and in height including the fins. Their peculiar oval shape flattened to the sides makes them unique. They are the largest among bony fishes. They can dive down to 600m but are often observed basking at the sea surface. Their thick skin constitutes their only defence.

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At Archipelago Choice, our small friendly team of island holiday specialists has been organising tailor-made holidays to the Azores since 1998 and more recently to Cape Verde, Saõ Tomé and Príncipe. Over this time we have developed the most comprehensive, flexible and fairly priced holidays to these beautiful islands.

All the holidays we organise are put together with great care using our extensive knowledge of the islands and our experience of travelling around them. We try very hard to give the most choice and flexibility possible combining activities, accommodation and island hopping so we put together holidays that best suit our clients.

So whether you want to go diving to see Sunfish and Portuguese Man of War (big scary jellyfish), or whale watching, walking, canyoning, kite surfing and just relaxing on the beach, you can be sure our team of island holiday specialists will be able to help.

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