World's most expensive fish are spotted off the English coast: Bluefin tuna, which can sell for millions of pounds, are photographed leaping from the sea by stunned kayaker

Putting on a rare display, bluefin tuna leap out of the glistening waters as they feast on smaller fish.
Dozens were spotted off the Devon coast by kayaker Rupert Kirkwood, who photographed them splashing for two hours.
But then Atlantic bluefin are no strangers to a feeding frenzy. Their Pacific cousins are a favourite in the sushi restaurants of Japan.
Bluefin tuna, the most valuable fish in the world, were spotted leaping out of the water three miles off Plymouth on Tuesday
Bluefin tuna, the most valuable fish in the world, were spotted leaping out of the water three miles off Plymouth on Tuesday
Dozens of the huge Atlantic bluefin tuna joined the spectacular two-hour feeding frenzy alongside whales and dolphins
Dozens of the huge Atlantic bluefin tuna joined the spectacular two-hour feeding frenzy alongside whales and dolphins
A Japanese sushi restaurant owner paid a record £2.5million for a Pacific bluefin tuna in Tokyo¿s Toyosu fishmarket last year
A Japanese sushi restaurant owner paid a record £2.5million for a Pacific bluefin tuna in Tokyo’s Toyosu fishmarket last year
At market, they sell for thousands – and even millions – of pounds, making the bluefin the most valuable fish in the world.
Mr Kirkwood, 60, was three miles off Plymouth on Tuesday when he saw the bluefin in action alongside whales and dolphins. 
‘There was a constant roar of a tuna feeding frenzy for about two hours. I saw about 20 different feeding frenzies over that time,’ he said.
‘They pin the shoaling fish – sand eels and herring – against the surface then hit them from below with such force that the tuna often breach the surface themselves.’ 
Mr Kirkwood, who is known as The Lone Kayaker and spends his time observing marine wildlife, added: ‘I’ve seen the occasional flurry and tuna jumping – but getting a photo of them is virtually impossible because they are so fast.
Kayaker Rupert Kirkwood, 60, who photographed the feeding frenzy said that getting a photo of the tuna is virtually impossible because they are so fast
Kayaker Rupert Kirkwood, 60, who photographed the feeding frenzy said that getting a photo of the tuna is virtually impossible because they are so fast
On average Atlantic bluefin tuna are 6.5ft long and 550lb
On average Atlantic bluefin tuna are 6.5ft long and 550lb
‘The reason I did is because so many were erupting from the surface. They’ve been seen down in Penzance the past couple of weeks, I saw a handful at Fowey the other day. 
'I’m not aware of anyone who has ever seen this sort of level of activity this far east.
‘It was so calm that for about three hours I heard almost constant porpoise breathing, splashing dolphins, splashing tuna and breathing minke whales.’
As bluefin tuna are an endangered species, it is illegal to catch them in the UK. If caught by accident, they must be returned to the sea.
David Attenborough called them ¿superfish¿ as they can reach speeds of 43mph and dive more than 3,000ft
David Attenborough called them ‘superfish’ as they can reach speeds of 43mph and dive more than 3,000ft

£2.5m king of the deep

Bluefin tuna, also known as giant tuna, are the most valuable species of fish in the world
Bluefin tuna, also known as giant tuna, are the most valuable species of fish in the world
The Atlantic bluefin tuna can reach speeds of 43mph and dive more than 3,000ft
On average they are 6.5ft long and 550lb, but one weighing 1,496lb was caught off Nova Scotia in 1979
Native to the Atlantic and Mediterranean, they can live up to 40 years
Author Ernest Hemingway referred to them as ‘the king of all fish’ while Sir David Attenborough called them ‘superfish’
A Japanese sushi restaurant owner paid a record £2.5million for a Pacific bluefin tuna in Tokyo’s Toyosu fishmarket last year
Stone age artists depicted Atlantic bluefin tuna on the walls of Sicilian caves

World's most expensive fish are spotted off the English coast: Bluefin tuna, which can sell for millions of pounds, are photographed leaping from the sea by stunned kayaker World's most expensive fish are spotted off the English coast: Bluefin tuna, which can sell for millions of pounds, are photographed leaping from the sea by stunned kayaker Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 04:32 Rating: 5

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