At first we thought we’d found a swim bladder, which would be extraodinary as sunfish aren’t thought to have them.
However, it turns out to be a really gelatinous mass of muscle, large and unusual looking.
Parasitic worms have been found inside the liver. It was expected that the sunfish will be home to a large number of parasites, and unfortunately for this sunfish it’s living up to expectations!
Watch sunfish science live!
Te Papa’s scientists will be conducting research on our sunfish specimen on 13 August 2013. We’ll be live-blogging and sharing the scientists’ findings through Facebook and Twitter.
It’s a fantastic opportunity to sit in as scientists do their research on these rarely seen animals. Don’t miss out!
Read our sunfish science blogs.
Use #sunfishtepapa to join in the conversation on Twitter.