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Rare Golden Big Eye Tuna Caught

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Holy Mackerel!

Samuels and Son calls itself the largest seafood distributor in the Mid-Atlantic. Honest-to-Cod!

But never before have they seen a single sea-critter drawn so much attention!

Talk about snap-fish.

"This is the only clear shot I got of it..." Workers like Winter Wooden say they've never seen so much "carping" over a fish.

"They've been taking silly pictures with it, pretending like they're kissing it, like it's alive," recalls Wooden.

"Never seen anything like that before. I've never seen anything like that, up close," says another worker.

"That," is a 138 pound Golden Big Eye Tuna, notable for its rare color.

It was line-caught off the coast of the Philippines about a week ago, and offered to Samuels.

The amazing thing- a fluke, really- is that this brightly colored creature has survived to adulthood.

"Any time, in the ocean, it pays off to be, you know, not to stand out from the crowd. You want to blend in with everybody else, so when you have a fish like this that's this different, with the color pigmentation, generally, this ends up as another fish's dinner, not something we'll send to our restaurants," says Joe Lasprogata, Vice President at Samuels and Son.

Speaking of which, there was no time to "flounder" around. So, saleswoman Shinobu Habauchi texted photos of the rare tuna to all her best Asian restaurant customers. The typical reaction:

"'What is this? Is it edible?'" says Habauchi as she describes what people ask her. "Yep. 'Is it- the meat- white or, what does it look like?'"

We'll find out soon enough.

Shortly after our sneak-peek with the rare fish ended, the Golden Big Eye was packed in ice in preparation for a Tuesday trip to Washington, DC where a high-end sushi restaurant has paid to display the rare fish, and then turn it into some very expensive dinners.

Just for the Halibut!

This is high-grade tuna, but there's no evidence the golden-colored fish tastes any better than regular big eye tuna.

Apparently in the ocean, as on land, gold attracts customers.

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