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World's Most Expensive Fish Spotted Off The Coast Of The UK

Claire Reid

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World's Most Expensive Fish Spotted Off The Coast Of The UK

A school of the world's most expensive fish has been spotted off the coast of St Ives in Cornwall. You can see them leaping in and out of the ocean here:


The group of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna were spotted by St Ives National Coastwatch Institution volunteer Peter Nason, who quickly whipped out his camera and filmed the fish as they launched themselves into the air.

In the clip the fish can be seen bursting out the water one after the other, creating an impromptu show for onlookers.

As well as being natural showmen, the fish are known for being the most expensive in the world and can sell for millions of pounds.

Their extortionate price tag makes the bluefin the most valuable fish in the world but also means they've been categorised as an endangered species.

So much so, that it is illegal to catch them in the UK, and if they are caught by accident, they must be immediately returned to the sea.

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

Back in 2019, an angler fishing off the south coast of Ireland caught a whopping 270kg (600lbs), eight-and-a-half feet bluefin tuna that could have been worth millions, but threw it back into the sea.

David Edwards caught the fish, which could have been worth around £2.5 million ($3m), but because he and his crew weren't out fishing for commercial purposes they released it back into the ocean.

Speaking to Cork Echo Live, Edwards said: "They are much more common up in Donegal Bay where they follow the herring.

"They are more unusual down here but tend to be much bigger when they do show up.

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

"This is the first one caught south of Donegal Bay this year and it really was a big fish."

In January 2019, a bluefin tuna of a similar size to this one sold for just shy of £2.5m (just under €3m), according to the Mirror.

Japanese businessman Kiyoshi Kimura set a new world record when he splashed out on the 278kg (613lbs) fish - doubling the price he had paid for a single tuna in 2013. I think someone needs to let him know you can get four tins of tuna chunks in Aldi for £2.69 ($3.31).

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: UK News, Interesting, Animals

Claire Reid
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