‘Tuna King’ forks out £1.4m for giant fish weighing more than a pig

A Japanese sushi restaurateur paid out a whopping £1.4million for a giant tuna at a fish market.

Kiyoshi Kimura, known as the 'Tuna King', bought the 276kg bluefin in Tokyo at a New Year's auction and said he wants his customers to be able to taste even more similar high quality fish this year.

The president of Kiyomura Corp, which runs the Sushizanmai restaurant chain, described the fish, caught off the Aomori region of northern Japan, as "the best" and joked: "this is expensive, isn't it?"

The fish will be served at the sushi chain's branch in Tsukiji, reports the Sun Online .

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On splashing out on the bluefin, amounting to over 193 million yen and which weighed more than an average pig, Mr Kimura said: “This is the best. Yes, this is expensive, isn’t it?

"I want our customers to eat very tasty ones this year too.”

“I am even more happy as this was the first auction in Reiwa," he added.

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The entrepreneur is no stranger to paying out huge sums on fish, usually at Tokyo's first auction each year in order to create substantial media coverage, reports the Mail Online .

At the 2018 new year auction he forked out a record £2.4million to take home a 278kg tuna, double the amount he'd paid in 2013, which was also a record.

Robust bluefin tuna with its large gaping mouth has been a target for fisherman for centuries, with a sophisticated trap in use since the turn of the first millennium.

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It is one of the most popular fish used in raw fish dishes, with 80 per cent of bluefins caught in the Atlantic and Pacific eaten in Japan.

However, overfishing of the Atlantic bluefin, which often sells for much bigger prices than those caught in the Pacific, has seen it fall into major decline.

In September young fisherman Oscar Lundahl was looking to reel in some halibut but got the shock of his life when an alien-like ratfish which dates back 300 million years.

The specimen is in actual fact a ratfish, whose Latin name Chimaeras Monstrosa Linnaeus is aptly derived from a Greek mythical monster that had the head of a lion and tail of a dragon.

The fish – a relative of the shark – live in deep water and are very rarely caught.

Oscar was fishing for the blue halibut when he caught the ratfish by mistake off the island of Andoya in northern Norway.

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