They had mistaken the fish as a shark, and in their fear that they might be attacked, they stabbed the fish to death. While fishing, they spotted the fish at the Melgar Bay of Basilisa which is a fishing ground and the ideal area of relaxation of fishes coming from the Pacific Ocean spreading through the waters of Leyte and other parts of the Visayas area.
The dead body of the Giant Ocean Sunfish which measures about 6X8 feet was brought to the province capital municipality, San Jose and was buried by the local agencies and organizations.
This was already featured in youscoop.tv and allvoices.com. The following article from http://oceansunfish.org describes the life of Ocean Sunfish:
Class: Osteichthyses (the bony fishes)
Order: Tetraodoniformes (trigger fish, boxfish, porcupine fish, puffers)
Genus, Species: Mola mola, Masturus lanceolatus, Ranzania laevis
Presently, three distinct species are recognized within the family Molidae including: the common mola, Mola mola Linnaeus 1758, the sharp-tailed mola, Masturus lanceolatus Lienard 1840, and the slender mola, Ranzania laevis Pennant 1776. (Our on-going genetic work may increase that number, so stay tuned!)
Throughout the world, a number of other intriguing common names exist for ocean sunfishes including:
Poisson lune (France) (meaning "moon fish")
Schwimmender kopf (German) (meaning "swimming head")
Putol (Philippines) (Bisaya dialect for "cut short")
Manbo マンボウ (Japan)
Toppled car fish (Taiwan)
Photo courtesy of PENRO-LGU of Dinagat Islands thru: Mr. Jay-r Baldo.
More readings about this specie here.