Quite a catch: massive 300lb tuna brought in off the Cornish coast

Credit: Irving of Exeter

A giant tuna weighing over 300lbs has been caught off the Cornish coast.

The Giant Atlantic Bluefin tuna, which is worth thousands of pounds on the black market, was hauled in five miles off the shore.

Dan Gardner, who skippers the boat, said the creature put up quite a fight.

This one got on the boat but we wont be doing that again.

It put my back out. It can stay in the water next time

– Dan Gardner

It took fisherman Alan Wright three hours to haul in the massive fish. They put a rope around its tail and balanced the fish under its chin to calm it down.

They then bundled it aboard where they measured it – and it was 78 inches from tail to jaw.

Bluefin are one of the largest species of tuna and can live up to 40 years.

In 2013 a Bluefin Tuna sold for a record £1.09 million at a Tokyo auction.

One bluefin tuna sold for a record £1.1 million Credit: TV TOKYO

They are one of the most valuable fish in the sea. They are worth tens of thousands of pounds.

But it is illegal and they are only worth that on the black market.

– Dan Gardner

The huge fish is an endangered species and highly protected - after taking a photo this giant was gently released back into the sea.