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Bluefin Tuna Sells for Record $396,000 at Tokyo Auction

A giant, 754-pound bluefin tuna fetched the record-breaking price of 32.49m yen (US $396,000) at auction at Tokyo's Tsukiji market. That's almost $526 per pound! The fish was purchased jointly by two restaurants, one in Tokyo and the other in Hong Kong, and will be split between them. The Japanese eat 80% of Pacific and Atlantic bluefin tuna, but the growing popularity of the fish in China has sustainable seafood advocates concerned. In fact, the World Wildlife Fund has said that if bluefin tuna fishing continues at current rates, the fish could be "functionally extinct" in about three years. Check out the video of the auction below.

Video: Giant Bluefin Tuna Sells For $396,000 At Tokyo Auction

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