Rare bluefin tuna stranded on UK beach, raising concerns over migration changes

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It’s something that you literally don’t see every day.

A rare fish has been found washed up on a beach in the UK. This particular fish is not commonly found in this region, which has prompted some experts to speculate that changes in ocean temperature could cause the species to migrate.

Joline Kohne found an Atlantic bluefin tuna while driving to work in the Highlands, reports the Southwest News Service (SWNS).

Dead Atlantic bluefin tuna found near Dornie, Highlands
(SWNS)

“I was driving to work and saw this guy standing on the beach watching something,” the 28-year-old waitress told SWNS. “He said he must have been hit by a boat because its tail was a bit missing. I was puzzled because it’s a marine lake but it’s very far inland. “

Kohne initially speculated that the fish may have been caught by a fishing boat and then thrown overboard.

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“I was confused to see it so far inland, but we also see dolphins here, so it looks like bigger fish come in more often,” she explained. “It’s quite strange to see one of this size. That’s about £ 100 ($ 133) of fish.”

The Atlantic bluefin tuna was previously common in the UK, but has since migrated to other areas.

John Hourston, founder of the Blue Planet Society, spoke with SWNS about the discovery of the fish.

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“Seeing them wash up on the shore of a marine lake is new to me,” he said. “We are seeing these huge fish more and more and it is a wonderful sight. Unfortunately this one is dead, it is believed to have been attacked by a seal or hit by a boat.”

He continued, “It’s due to warming and related to climate. The multidecadal Atlantic Oscillation is a warming that oscillates – it comes and goes. The reason tuna was present in the North Sea and in the other regions until about the 1960s was linked to this temperature change in the Atlantic. “

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Hourston believes this may be a more common occurrence in the years to come.

“We may have bluefin tuna here to stay,” he said.

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