Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

Several fish believed to be Atlantic bluefin tuna were seen jumping out of the water off the coast of St Ives, and a dazzled spectator managed to capture footage of the beautiful sight.

Peter Nason, from the St Ives National Coastwatch Institution on the island, took stunning footage and stunning photographs of the tuna diving out of the water off the coast of Cornish town on Saturday afternoon.

In the footage, you can see several bluefin tuna running out of the water one after the other, and photos snapped by Peter show the creatures in the middle of the flight through the air.

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This is not the first time that bluefin tuna has been spotted in Cornish waters, in fact a giant fish – believed to be a tuna – was spotted in August this year near Porthcurno.

The huge fish has been filmed hunting near the popular Cornwall beach and seen coming close to swimmers.

The video shows the large fish resembling a shark swimming and hunting off the cliff where the Minack Theater is located.

Gregg Deakin took the video above and shared it with CornwallLive.

The tuna gets some air time
The tuna gets some air time

At the time, Gregg said, “I filmed it on Wednesday at Porthcurno Beach, by the Minack Theater cliffs. Not sure if it’s a shark or not?

“It actually swam all the way up to swimmers, very exciting”.

More on plain tuna

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Atlantic tuna is the largest tuna in the world. These torpedo-shaped fish are built for speed and power and travel enormous distances in the open sea.

They can grow to a maximum size of three meters and weigh up to 250 kilos.

They are endangered and were absent in Cornish waters for almost a century – only reappeared in the last decade.

Now they are seen regularly in summer and autumn. Tuna are not dangerous to humans and eat other fish.

Unlike most fish, they are warm-blooded with heat generated in their powerful swimming muscles, enabling them to accelerate quickly and giving them enhanced cognitive power and reactions.

They are incredible best predators and are at the top of the oceanic food chain.

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