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£1m Fish Cut Up After Being Caught In Cornwall

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7:02am 27th November 2014

A one million pound fish caught by a group of friends at Kingsand is cut up - in the name of science.

The eight foot bluefin tuna is one of only 26 seen off Cornwall since the 1800s.

Teams are hoping to work out where it came from, what it was doing here and how it died.

Sarah Little, 22, Laura Pickervance, 23, Shauna Creamer, 23, Charlotte Chambers, 24, and Hannah Ford, 24 were not allowed to sell the fish - because it is critically endangered.

Instead they donated it to scientists at the University of Exeter's Tremough campus, who have now carried out a postmortem on it.

A spokesman said: "The dissection was a rare opportunity and was filmed for anatomy student lectures.

"The researchers took samples for genetic testing that will show whether it swam here from breeding grounds in the Med or from Mexico.

"The otolith - a structure in the ear - was taken that can be analysed to age the fish and possibly tell if it died of old age.

"Heavy metal analysis will also be carried out to find out whether there were high levels of lead and mercury in the fish.

"Unfortunately the fish had been gutted by a fisherman while still on the beach and so analysis of its stomach contents etc was not possible."

Sarah Little told Pirate FM: "We just wanted to have a closer look really - we were curious more than anything else. It's pretty crazy really. It's not the sort of thing you usually expect to find in the water in Cornwall."

7:02am 27th November 2014

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