Fancy a $50 piece of sushi?
That's what one piece of a 593-pound blue fin tuna sold Thursday at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market for a record $736,000 is worth.
Kiyoshi Kimura, who runs the Sushi-Zanmai chain in Japan, bought the record-setting fish at the first auction of the new year at Japan's main fish market, a popular tourist stop in Tokyo, according to the Tokyo Times.
The previous record for a fish was set at the market in 2011's first sale of the new year, when a Hong Kong restauranteurÂ paid $422,000 for a blue fin. He took that fish to Hong Kong.
Kimura said he wanted to keep this year's top tuna in Japan. It was caught off Amori prefecture.
"We tried very hard to win the bidding, so that we could give Japan a boost and have Japanese people eat the most delicious tuna," the Mainichi Daily News quoted him as saying.
Despite the record price Kimura paid, pieces of the prize fish are expected to sell for around $5 in his restaurants.
Tastes like chicken.
I'm sorry this beautiful creature was destroyed.
Beautiful creature? It's a tuna fish, for pete's sake! Get yourself some cheese to go with that whine, okay?
Pass the chop sticks and ginger
Actually there are not plenty of this fish in the sea – Blue Fin are on their way to extinction, mostly due to overfishing for sushi and the high price they fetch... if you are going to eat tuna make it line caught caught yellow fin tuna whenever possible!
You can tune a violin, but you can't tuna fish (...tune-a-fish...)
That joke is older than I am, and I played with dinosaurs when I was a child.
There used to be a time, maybe 40-50 years ago, when a 593 lb tuna was considered small, and plentiful. It used to be that long line fishermen would often catch monster tuna over 1,000 pounds on a regular basis. These kings of the sea are disappearing before our eyes! When our world pop hits 12-15 billion in the next 100 years I hate to think what our planet will resemble....probably a big slab of concrete. Sad.
Not gonna happen. Pretty much everyone who studies such things agrees that world population growth has already slowed dramatically and will peak by mid-century at around 8-9 billion, then decline thereafter as development pulls more people out of agricultural societies and poverty and birthrates continue to fall as a result.
Terminatus, did you get that from a history on tuna fishing? Cite your source; I'd be interested in reading about that.
SixDegrees, I hope you're right.
This article is phony. The numbers are phony.
With these phony numbers the flesh would clock out at over twelve hundred dollars a pound. If you don't like tuna, don't eat it. If you think they are being overfished, ask yourself: how are your "scientists" keeping track of how many there are?
Phony, phony, phony.
Thanks, Holden, for that brilliant commentary.
good job to the fisherman that caught this, he just made enough money to feed his family for a year off one fish!!! and i am sorry to all you vegiterians, when did the life of a fish become more valuable then that of a family. coudos to you!!
Feed his family for a year? Pfft, that's more money than many of us will make in a lifetime sadly.
Rodan is hungry!
How much for some of the girls in the background?
They probably smell like fish...
mmmmmmmm – radioactive sushi!
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why would anyone want a president whose name is confused with Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein?
BHO – Because the only people so easily confused, deserve to be. Santorum is a ridiculous t w a t, you can't be so obtuse as to not see that.
BHO – The names you mention are as common in other parts of the world as "Smith" or"'Johnson" is here in the U.S.
Very funny, made me laugh!
Life didn't get it. #readingcomprehension
i just knew some idiot would enter the room