Three Blue Fin Tuna

We took a trip to Canso today to watch the fisherman bring their blue fin tuna catches in to the wharf. We were lucky enough to see THREE of them! Here are some photos. I’ll warp out the fisherman and the dock worker’s faces since I don’t have their permission to make them famous here on my blog.

Town of Canso – view from the wharf:

3 blue fin tunas

3 blue fin tunas

3 blue fin tunas

I really wish there was a way for me to capture the smell of Canso today. It smelled like someone had dumped 50 tanker trucks of rotten fish oil in the sun. I think I could get used to it. Jeff on the other hand…. he didn’t care for it so much.

Tuna #1 – 306 lbs (weight after gutted, and fin, tail, and head are chopped off)

3 blue fin tunas

3 blue fin tunas

3 blue fin tunas

3 blue fin tunas

3 blue fin tunas

3 blue fin tunas

3 blue fin tunas

3 blue fin tunas

The seagulls really loved the tuna scraps. Seagulls out here are GIGANTIC compared to their Ontario cousins.

3 blue fin tunas

I like this one – he looks like he’s dancing in delight:

3 blue fin tunas

Tuna #2 – 466 lbs

Tuna #2 came in by pick up truck from further down the shore. I imagine they had to bring it here to be processed. They have a warehouse with ice packing facilities in Canso. Often these tuna are auctioned off to the Japanese.

The heads and tails and guts are taken back out to the ocean to be dumped.

3 blue fin tunas

3 blue fin tunas

Tuna #3 came in while they were still processing Tuna #2.

3 blue fin tunas

3 blue fin tunas

3 blue fin tunas

3 blue fin tunas

Tuna #3 – 510 lbs

3 blue fin tunas

3 blue fin tunas

3 blue fin tunas

3 blue fin tunas

3 blue fin tunas

The price of blue fin tuna was $16/pound last week. That makes this last tuna worth $8160. Not bad for a day out fishing!

Lisa

Lisa (Verkley) Schuyler is a blogger reporting live from her new home in Canada's Yukon Territory. Often found wearing a hoodie, covered in pet hair, Lisa is a mis-placed forester who now spends her days engineering happiness for WordPress users. Lisa loves nature, animals, and most importantly, her handsome husband Jeff.

3 Replies to “Three Blue Fin Tuna

  1. oh so cool, thanks for sharing the photos.
    I have great memories of seeing 2 weighed and cut up and immediately put on ice in PEI
    The smells, the thrill, the excitement was awesome, eh?

  2. yuck yuck and more yuck- I can handle blood and stuff, but one of your pics has a guy with the knife in the eyeball- so not ok with that one… I am strange I know.

  3. Actually the knife is just in front of the eyeball – it’s an optical illusion. But I did see a guy knock his fingers into the eye to lift the head by the eye socket. I have that picture but didn’t post it because I figured you’d get all squeemy.

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