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!
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.
This video from the Human Planet series gives a whole new meaning to fishing, spear fishing, heck even hunting. This guy dives to 30 feet of water, on a single breath, and walks along the reef in search of his prey. It’s an absolutely mystifying feat.
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.
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,”
Introducing Cryptoid Lure Co, the official brand of lures manufactured by the Kokemachine from the web based info-comedy 4EEL FISHING. With colors inspired by various characters of the paranormal ilk, the Kokemachine has aspired to make some of the most tripped out and hilarious spoons that will ever land you [...]
My good friend Phil alerted me to this fantastic swordfish tattoo by artist Matt Adamson. It’s difficult to understand the placement of the tattoo from the photos below but it looks to me like the tops of the shoulders, as if the swordfish has gone through the neck. Matt is [...]
This exotic fish may be native to southeast asia, but would you believe there’s one place in the United States where you can catch one right along side a largemouth bass. While they’re most commonly found here in aquariums many misinformed owners don’t realize they can grow up to 40″ [...]
The fishing season is off to a fantastic start this year! Last weekend marked the opening of trout season here in Ontario and though I was only able to get out yesterday, my friends and I still managed to have a fantastic day on the river. We woke up early [...]
We haven’t done a caption contest in a while, mostly because it takes a very special picture or video to inspire us. Today we have a video so wild we couldn’t even describe it! Hopefully you’ll have better luck though. The best description of this video left in the comments [...]
Fishing Camp is a fishing trivia board game from Education Outdoors aimed to please the whole family. Supporting up to eight players as young as four years old, the game separates trivia questions into four levels. Level one questions are simple, like identifying fish species or fishing tackle. The difficulty [...]
My XTRATUF II boots have been the footwear of choice for winter fishing this year and they’ve been fantastic on every outing. I’m sad that they’ll be put away in the next few weeks as summer approaches, but I’m very happy knowing they’re ready and waiting for next winter. When [...]