Talk Tuna To Me
Wicked Tuna and Other Bluefin Trivia
Q How long is the bluefin tuna season on Wicked Tuna?
A 10 weeks
Q How much does the typical rod and reel used in bluefin fishing cost?
A $1,200 according to the publication The New England Sportsman
Q How fast can the bluefin tuna swim?
A They can swim up to 40 miles per hour at top speed, to three miles per hour.
Q How long can a bluefin tuna live?
A 30 years is not uncommon (FoodReference.com), though their average life span is 15 years (NationalGeographic.com)
Q True or false? Unlike most fish which are cold-blooded, bluefin are warm-blooded.
A True (FoodReference.com and Wikipedia)
Q Which Wicked Tuna Captain said: "This is what I do. This is what I'm gonna do until they pry my cold, dead hands off the wheel."
A Captain Dave Marciano, Hard Merchandise
Q Which Wicked Tuna Captain said, "All fishermen lie. And if they tell otherwise, then they're lying."
A Captain Dave Carraro, Tuna.com
Q Which Wicked Tuna crew member said, "It's like tying a rope onto a train and having it do fifty miles an hour by you and trying to hold it."
A First Mate Paul Herbert, Tuna.com
Q How much did the the (to date) record bluefin tuna sell for?
A A bluefin tuna sold for a record $1.8 million (USD) at a Tokyo auction, nearly three times the previous sold (Sino Media Group, Jan 7, 2013)
Q Which country consumes the most bluefin tuna?
A Japan citizens consume nearly 80% of all bluefin tuna caught worldwide, with a large proportion of the global catch shipped to the country of Japan.
Q True or false? Bluefin were known as 'horse mackerel' in the early 1900s and were considered only fit for cat and dog food.
A True (FoodReference.com)
Q What do bluefin tuna eat?
A Bluefins attain their enormous size by gorging themselves almost constantly on smaller fish, crustaceans, squid, and eels. They will also filter-feed on zooplankton and other small organisms and have even been observed eating kelp. (NationalGeographic.com)
Q True or False? Fishermen once avoided the bluefin because it was such a strong swimmer that it could easily tear through a fishing net. That changed in the '50s when stronger nylon netting made catching them much more practical.
A True (Thrillist.com)
Q Which fishing village is the show Wicked Tuna based out of?
A Gloucester, Massachusetts
Q Which movie was about a Gloucester, Massachusetts-based storm of the century?
A The Perfect Storm, which recounted a massive storm in 1991.
Q Gloucester, Massachusetts, is the home of which Marvel character?
A Gloucester is the birthplace of Marvel character Dane Whitman whose superhero alter ego is the Black Knight.