This is the blue whale of our time

From Charles Clover in the Independent:  

(Sorry, but you will still not get me to touch the stuff……………!)

The Atlantic bluefin tuna is a dark, steel-blue teardrop of a fish which migrates across whole oceans and can swim at speeds of up to 45mph. Its acceleration, as it locks on to a ball of bait-fish, has been likened to a supercar.

The bluefin can turn on this electric display because it is one of the most highly developed fish, and warms its blood through a heat-exchanger so more energy can be released on a whim.

This top-level predator’s only problem is that its flesh is one of the most delicious things on earth, eaten raw as sushi or sashimi. It is only marginally less delicious the Mediterranean way, seared with a dressing of oil and vinegar.

Bluefin flesh was eaten by Roman legionaries before battle. Its entrails, treated with herbs, were a delicacy known as garum, pots of which have been found throughout the former Roman Empire and as far north as the garrison town of York.

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