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9-feet-long bluefin tuna caught off Brixham coast

The 9-feet-long bluefin tuna is estimated to weigh 350kg. Credit: Twitter / @JoshPerkes

Fishermen from Brixham have caught a 9-feet-long bluefin tuna.

It is estimated to weigh 350 kilograms.

One fisherman said that tuna are becoming increasingly common in our waters due to rising water temperatures and an abundance of bait fish.

The UK does not have a quota to catch and sell tuna, so the fish, which could be worth more than £10,000 is being tested for research at the University of Exeter.

Facts about the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna:

  • Can live up to 40 years
  • Live up to an average of 15 years in the wild
  • Can dive more than 4,000 feet
  • They hunt by sight and have the sharpest vision of any bony fish.
  • Grow to an average of 6-10 feet
  • Are classified as endangered

According to National Geographic, bluefin meat is regarded as surpassingly delicious, particularly among sashimi eaters. Overfishing throughout their range has driven their numbers to critically low levels.

Find our more about the bluefin tuna on the World Wildlife Fund.