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Worth A For-tuna: Rare 7ft Bluefin Tuna Was So Big A Fishmonger Had To Chop It Up On The Floor

Campbell Mickel, 51, the owner of the enormous bluefin tuna, couldn’t sleep out of excitement when waiting for its delivery.

A fishmonger has taken delivery of this mammoth catch – a 7-foot long bluefin tuna tipping the scales at a whopping 330 pounds which is worth thousands.

Campbell Mickel, 51, got the rare fish on Tuesday, June 14 after buying it from traders in Barcelona on Friday – and said he was so excited he couldn’t sleep.

A fishmonger has taken delivery of this mammoth catch – a 7ft bluefin tuna tipping the scales at a whopping 150kg (330 lbs) which is worth thousands. (Katielee Arrowsmith/Zenger)

It arrived in the United Kingdom on Monday, June 13 and was transported to Eddie’s Seafood Market, Edinburgh, Scotland, overnight.

It took four guys to haul the huge tuna onto the window display at the fish market – and Campbell said he will have to fillet it in on the floor since it doesn’t fit on the counter.

Campbell said he would not normally advocate eating bluefin tuna but said the 7-foot fish was farmed rather than caught in the wild.

It was captured at a young age and farmed in a pen in the Mediterranean until it matured before being sold.

Campbell was asked by a customer who owns a sushi restaurant to source the bluefin.

He spent nearly three months trying to find the fish, which he said it worth thousands.

Campbell will now spend around two hours cutting it up into four fillets before handing it over to the owners of sushi restaurants Bentoya and Kenji in Edinburgh.

The fish will be super frozen at minus 60 degrees to protect its quality.

A fishmonger has taken delivery of this mammoth catch – a 7ft bluefin tuna tipping the scales at a whopping 150kg (330 lbs) which is worth thousands. (Katielee Arrowsmith/Zenger)

Campbell said: “I bought it from Barcelona on Friday and it arrived in the UK yesterday after being transported overnight – I didn’t sleep at all last night I was so excited.

“It weighs 150kg [330 pounds] and is about 7 feet long.

“Bluefin tuna are highly endangered so we wouldn’t normally advocate eating it.

“But this one was caught when it was young and farmed until it was mature in a pen – so it’s classed as farmed as opposed to wild.

“It was farmed in the Mediterranean off the east coast of Spain.

“I bought it through traders in Barcelona and they handle everything needed to get it to the UK.

“It cost me thousands.

“It took four of us to try and get it on display but we had to really wrestle with it, you can’t get your arms around it at all and it’s so slippery.

“You can’t comprehend the size of this fish until you see it in real life.

“It has been sold to one customer, a sushi restaurant, who will super freeze it to minus [76 degrees fahrenheit] to protect the quality of it.

“The customer asked me to locate the fish for him and I have been working on it for two or three months.

Tunas lie on the ground during the auction at Kiikatuura fresh tuna market on February 7, 2014 in Nachikatsuura, Japan. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)

“We supply sushi restaurants in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Dundee but we don’t normally deal with bluefin tuna.

“But because this was a farmed product, I wanted to try it.

“For a sushi restaurant this fish is as good as it gets, it’s the crème de la crème – it’s their lobster, caviar, and champagne all in one meal.”

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