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World's Most Expensive Fish Found On UK Coast

World's Most Expensive Fish Found On UK Coast

As they say, money doesn't grow on trees - but it might just wash ashore if you're lucky enough.

This was the case over in Chichester Harbour, where a rare fish turned up from the English coast.

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Credit: Solent News and Photo Agency

The two-metre long sea creature was identified as an Atlantic Bluefin tuna - the largest of its species and one that is considered a delicacy in countries across the world.

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They're so popular, one that weighed 278kg sold at a record £2.5 million at auction in Tokyo, Japan.

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Credit: Solent News and Photo Agency

In this case, the tuna mysteriously hit the harbour in West Sussex, with experts weighing it in at a whopping 180kg - or 28 stones 4 pounds. Yikes.

The beast was studied after being pulled aboard the IFCA's patrol vessel 'Watchful', where scientists concluded the fish had died recently.

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That said, after studying its tissue and bone samples, they concluded there was no damage - meaning those who found it could be in with a chance of a huge payout for their discovery.

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Credit: Solent News and Photo Agency

Tim Dapling, chief fisheries and conservation officer at the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, opened up about the incredible find.

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"This is a very unusual and positive event in terms of fisheries, the marine environment and the presence of a key species," he said.

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"Although it is a pity the fish was not alive, it is the first time we have encountered at close quarters a Bluefin tuna specimen in Sussex coastal waters. It was a quite remarkable and impressive fish.

"Why it was in Chichester Harbour or came ashore may never be clear, but we do know species such as mackerel and bass are present in numbers within the harbour and perhaps it entered the harbour to feed and became disorientated.

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Credit: Solent News and Photo Agency

"Presently we have spring tides, and at low water the channels of the harbour can be relatively shallow and narrow."

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While their find is mighty impressive, Atlantic Bluefin tuna have been recorded at up to 680 kg in weight, with the subspecies attracting the admiration of fishermen, writers and scientists over the years.

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Credit: Solent News and Photo Agency

Dapling added: "A fish of this size and species is used to open sea areas where it can swim unconstrained to hunt prey.

"The adult Bluefin tuna are at the top of the marine food chain and the increasing presence of top predators typically indicates the improving health of ecosystems.

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"Of course, this was just one fish, however I'd be surprised if it was the only one in Sussex waters."

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Topics: Food, Fish, ocean, UK, Japan

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