New Record Bluefin Tuna Price for 2013
Posted on January 6, 2013 by

Another Year, Another Record Bluefin Tuna Sale

Around this time every year we see huge bluefin tuna auctioned off to the highest bidder in Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, and every year they set a new record (no doubt due to overfishing). This year the bar has been set at $1.7 million dollars, that’s more than 4 times the record from last year by the way. And the tuna sold is nearly 50 kilograms lighter than last years!

New Record Bluefin Tuna Price for 2013

Even the buyer, sushi chain owner Kiyoshi Kimura, who also paid out the record price last year, said the cost was “a bit high”.

This year’s record-breaking fish was caught off north-eastern Japan and weighed in at 222kg (489lbs), some 47kg lighter than last year’s prize-winner, which fetched 56m yen.

The prices do not necessarily reflect quality or size and are more linked to publicity and setting the tone for the business year.

He said he wanted to “encourage Japan” with his bid.

The price works out at about $7,600 per kg ($3,500/lb).

Japan consumes more than half of the world’s bluefin catch.


Posted on April 7, 2011 by

Lost Containers Find New Life

I’ll bet you didn’t know that 10,000 shipping containers are lost every year. That’s more than one an hour and an estimated 6 million lost worldwide! But what happens to this containers? Turns out not many people even bother looking, but the Monterrey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBARI) sent a robotic sub to investigate a shipping container it lost over 7 years ago. Turns out they found it, and they also found something spectacular.

The shipping container has become a sort of reef half buried in the ocean floor and hosting a variety of aquatic life. MBARI plans to continue investigating other drowned containers, using the $3.25 million dollars it won in a suit against the cargo ship that lost the container originally, and hopes to learn more about the possible ecological danger of the lost containers.

Singularity Hub via BBC

Video after the break!

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Posted on November 16, 2010 by

Spooky Spookfish Has Mirror Eyes

The aptly named “spookfish” is pretty darn spooky! The species has been known for 120 years, but no live specimen has ever been captured. That is until last year when this little guy was caught off Tonga, and island south east of Fiji, by German scientists. The two black spots you see are actually a pair fo mirrors that focus the light below into it’s and is the first species known to have such biology. The spookfish uses these mirrors to see below itself, mostly for the flashes of bioluminescent species and possible predators.

“In nearly 500 million years of vertebrate evolution, and many thousands of vertebrate species living and dead, this is the only one known to have solved the fundamental optical problem faced by all eyes – how to make an image – using a mirror,”

BBC News

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