Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Kayakers haul bluefin tuna ashore in Cornwall

14 July 2014 Last updated at 14:00

A rare tuna fish has been towed to a Cornish beach after a group of kayakers found it floating in the sea.

The fish, believed to be a bluefin tuna, was discovered floating in the water at Kingsand by a group of friends on holiday.

The species is currently listed as critically endangered.

Although potentially worth hundreds of thousands of pounds internationally, it is illegal to catch or sell the species from British waters.

Claire Wallerstein, a volunteer strandings recorder for the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said she "just could not believe it" when she saw the fish, which took six men to lift.

"Someone came to my house to tell me there was a dead dolphin on the beach.

"They were coming out of the sea with this huge monster, but then I could see it was a tuna."

The find by the five friends - Charlotte Chambers, Shauna Creamer, Hannah Ford, Sarah Little and Laura Pickervance - was reported to the authorities, Ms Wallerstein said.

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