Who Knew?


Rockport HarborSee that boat sitting in the harbor?  At first I thought it was a visiting vessel, but it’s been there several days without any sign of someone going or coming.  Finally, my curiosity got the better of me, and here’s what I learned from asking around.

This boat is not a pleasure craft.  Rather it operates from one of the outlying islands during the summer months and fishes offshore for tuna.  One guy is at the very top operating the boat and looking for fish.  When he spots something, a second person goes all the way forward and balances over the water.  I don’t know about you, but that wouldn’t make me feel very secure!  Anyway, if a tuna is within reach, the second person harpoons it, brings it aboard where the fish is killed with shock and immediately put on ice.

Evidently, this process is a bit different from typical fishing because it is important that the fish be in unblemished condition. It is said that a good sized tuna can be worth a lot of money when it is shipped to Japan for auction.  In some cases a single tuna has brought as much as $100,000.  How much sushi do you think would justify that expense and who knew that a tuna could be so valuable?  I guess that which we find at the market didn’t make the cut!

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14 thoughts on “Who Knew?

  1. Who knew Indeed! Thanks so much for a really interesting story. I am so enjoying your blog, Linda. It always makes me smile.

  2. Can you believe? It’s been ten years since we went to Japan! Denis got up early one morning and went to the famous Tokyo fish market where he saw the 60-80K dollar tuna. I think the rest of us slept in.
    That is a lot of sushi.
    Houston awaits girlfriend.

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