(CNN) — A Japanese sushi magnate has spent a staggering $1.8 million on a gigantic tuna fish at a New Year’s auction at Tokyo’s Toyosu fish market on Sunday.
Kiyoshi Kimura, a self-described “Tuna King,” who runs restaurant chain Sushi Zanmai, paid 193 million yen (about $1.8 million) for a 608-pound (276-kilogram) bluefin tuna, Japanese public broadcaster
“Yes, this is expensive, isn’t it? I want our customers to eat very tasty ones this year too,” Kimura said at the pre-dawn auction, the AFP news agency reported.
Bluefin are the largest tuna, and can live up to 40 years, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
An endangered species, they migrate across all oceans, can weigh 1,500 pounds and reach 10 feet in length.