See 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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