SEE ALSO: Tuna; Albacore Tuna
25 years ago large Atlantic bluefin tuna (250 to over 1,000 pounds) might sell for a penny a pound for catfood, if it sold at all. Today, that same bluefin tuna can sell for well over $100 per pound, mainly due to the popularity of sushi and sashimi around the world.
In 2001 a 440 pound bluefin sold for $173,600 in the Japanese Tsukiji fish market - thats about $394 per pound!
The largest bluefin tuna weighed 1,496 pounds and was caught in Nova Scotia on October 26, 1979.
Unlike most fish which are cold-blooded, bluefin are warm blooded. They can swim as fast as 50 miles per hour in short bursts and they can live as long as 30 years.
Bluefin were known as 'horse mackerel' in the early 1900s and were considered only fit for cat and dog food.