You have to 'sea' it to believe it - 26 stone tuna for sale at Bolton market

You have to 'sea' it to believe it - 26 stone tuna for sale at Bolton market

You have to 'sea' it to believe it - 26 stone tuna for sale at Bolton market

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

YOU have to “sea” it to believe it.

Traders at Bolton Market were shocked when they picked up a giant tuna fish, which is big enough to fill more than 1,000 tins.

The yellow fin tuna, which weighs 26 stones 10 pounds and is about six foot in length, was captured in The Faroe Islands by mackerel fishers.

The fish, which was hunting mackerel when it was caught, was then sold to MPJ Fish Supplies by Oban Fish Selling Company, a fish merchants based in Fleetwood.

The tuna, which is worth nearly £2,000, is the biggest fish MPJ traders have ever sold from their stall.

Its head alone weighs 35 kilograms — nearly six stone — and it is thought to be the same size as certain breeds of shark.

MPJ have sold parts of the fish to restaurants in Chinatown in Manchester and will sell the rest to customers.

Michael Evans, owner of MPJ, says the tuna is something you have to ‘sea’ to believe.

He added: “I went to pick up the fish from the guy who I buy my fish from and when he told me how big this was, I couldn’t believe it — I nearly fell on the floor!

“I’ve never imported anything this size. Even when I’ve seen fish on TV, I’ve never come across anything this big.

“It’s a bit of a showcase. Hopefully it will bring in a lot of customers and we can sell the lot, in manageable portions.”

John Mullineaux, a trader for MPJ, added: “It’s a rare sight — it’s not often you see a fish like this in Bolton Market.

“Visually it’s stunning, a real visual treat. We’ve got it right at the front of our stall.

“It’s good in so much as it keeps the market in the public eye.”

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10:37am Mon 25 Aug 14

Gore Seer says...

Tuna Used To Migrate Round The Top Of Scotland Till Over Fishing Killed Them Off Totally In The End Of The Thirties.
Tuna Used To Migrate Round The Top Of Scotland Till Over Fishing Killed Them Off Totally In The End Of The Thirties. Gore Seer
  • Score: 3

10:58am Mon 25 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

It'd look loads better swimming around in the Sea.
It'd look loads better swimming around in the Sea. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 21

11:41am Mon 25 Aug 14

idav_uk says...

Thanks for not publishing an actual full photo of the fish so that we can tell what you're talking about.
Thanks for not publishing an actual full photo of the fish so that we can tell what you're talking about. idav_uk
  • Score: 14

1:04pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Gore Seer says...

Gore Seer wrote:
Tuna Used To Migrate Round The Top Of Scotland Till Over Fishing Killed Them Off Totally In The End Of The Thirties.
The Tuna Follow The Warm Gulf Stream Off Scotland.
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: Tuna Used To Migrate Round The Top Of Scotland Till Over Fishing Killed Them Off Totally In The End Of The Thirties.[/p][/quote]The Tuna Follow The Warm Gulf Stream Off Scotland. Gore Seer
  • Score: 0

7:19pm Mon 25 Aug 14

I, Ludicrous says...

You've used the 'sea' it gag three times in the same short article here, Neil Robertson. Please do give up your day job.
You've used the 'sea' it gag three times in the same short article here, Neil Robertson. Please do give up your day job. I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 4

8:06pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Djorkaeff's right peg says...

Gore Seer wrote:
Gore Seer wrote:
Tuna Used To Migrate Round The Top Of Scotland Till Over Fishing Killed Them Off Totally In The End Of The Thirties.
The Tuna Follow The Warm Gulf Stream Off Scotland.
You're clever Gore Seer, but why do you capitalize every word?
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: Tuna Used To Migrate Round The Top Of Scotland Till Over Fishing Killed Them Off Totally In The End Of The Thirties.[/p][/quote]The Tuna Follow The Warm Gulf Stream Off Scotland.[/p][/quote]You're clever Gore Seer, but why do you capitalize every word? Djorkaeff's right peg
  • Score: 1

9:16pm Mon 25 Aug 14

SupeRed09 says...

Typical BN. What a terrible article - completely pointless without a photo!!
Typical BN. What a terrible article - completely pointless without a photo!! SupeRed09
  • Score: 2

11:39am Tue 26 Aug 14

MrsB11 says...

I think this is a crying shame. Such a huge fish that is no doubt a good age has been killed so it can be displayed on some market stall and reported on by some cr*p local paper!!
I think this is a crying shame. Such a huge fish that is no doubt a good age has been killed so it can be displayed on some market stall and reported on by some cr*p local paper!! MrsB11
  • Score: 4

11:56am Tue 26 Aug 14

wsw69 says...

Jesus H. Christ, it's double my weight and just a stone or so heavier than my mate Boothy!

It would have been better left what it was designed to do in my opinion.
Jesus H. Christ, it's double my weight and just a stone or so heavier than my mate Boothy! It would have been better left what it was designed to do in my opinion. wsw69
  • Score: 5

6:05pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Gore Seer says...

wsw69 wrote:
Jesus H. Christ, it's double my weight and just a stone or so heavier than my mate Boothy!

It would have been better left what it was designed to do in my opinion.
It Is A Eating And Breeding Machine.
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: Jesus H. Christ, it's double my weight and just a stone or so heavier than my mate Boothy! It would have been better left what it was designed to do in my opinion.[/p][/quote]It Is A Eating And Breeding Machine. Gore Seer
  • Score: 0

6:48pm Tue 26 Aug 14

cath99 says...

sad .... nothing escapes the greed of man ..
sad .... nothing escapes the greed of man .. cath99
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