Giant Atlantic bluefin tuna is washed up in Scotland, shocks beachgoers: It was an “impressive beast”

The head of the giant Atlantic bluefin tuna that was found washed up on a Bea of Sand on Sanday, Scotland.

A strong storm probably caused a huge Atlantic bluefin tuna to wash on a beach in Scotland at the weekend, creating quite a spectacle on the island of Sanday, Orkney.

The body of the fish – one of the world’s largest and fastest, according to National Geographic, was estimated to be approximately 6.5 meters long. Atlantic bluefins live in both subtropical and temperate waters of the Massachusetts government, explains on its website, pointing out the travel across the Atlantic ocean in less than 60 days.

“It was … a pretty impressive beast. At that size, it’s going to be a fairly fully grown,” Emma Neave-Webb, a local ranger told SWNS on Monday. “The fish looked pretty fresh, so I think the cause of the death was a natural cause.”


The warm-blooded Atlantic bluefin tuna can swim with a speed of up to 43 miles per hour, thanks to the “powerful” tail, National Geographic points out. They usually weigh around 550 pounds, although some have reportedly been included in 1000 pounds or more.

The fish size attracted a crowd of locals on Sunday — with many trips to Bea Sand beach to the sea creature.

Ranger Emma Neave-Webb in addition to the giant Atlantic bluefin tuna found washed up on a Bea of Sand on Sanday, Orkney,

“Everyone was surprised, it was a bit of a tourist attraction,” Neave-Webb said. “It is the talk of the island for the day, but we hope to go back … to weigh and dissect it for signs of plastic pollution.”


It is not the first time that a giant Atlantic bluefin tuna has been spotted in the country.

“It is the third case of the tuna dishes in the Scottish waters this year,” John Hourston, founder of a volunteer group, called the Blue Planet, the Society, told SWNS. “The bluefin tuna have only recently returned to British waters as of 2013, but it is extremely rare for one to be washed in Orkney.”

One of the most recent sightings of the rare fish was in October. At that time, a 6-foot-long Atlantic bluefin tuna washed up in Fife, with a weight of about 245 pounds, The Scotsman reported.

While the locals admitted it was a sad discovery, some fishing experts were hopeful it was a sign of the fish was making a comeback in the area.

“It is sad, this is a washed up dead, but hopefully this is a sign that they are making a return, there are a number of observations in the north sea and the west coast of Scotland,” Jonathan Louis, operations and development manager for the fourth Rivers Trust, told the Scottish newspaper.

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