February 17, 2014

Penned In

Photograph by Brian Skerry, National Geographic

The fast and powerful bluefin tuna is among the most overfished species on Earth. Here, bluefin in an undersea pen in the Mediterranean are fattened for the booming sushi market. These fish were taken from the wild, reducing the potential breeding population.

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23 comments
Shannon T
Shannon T

They look sad, like they know.

mares cristian
mares cristian

this is really sad and all we can do is saying this is very sad ...tuna is like the a reflection of the ocean...we have to protect fish , i;ve seen that everywhere in the world a lot of fish is thrown overboard of the fish boats because regulations they are throwing away small fish caught and from other species ...after thrown overboard they die... in the same time 1 billion people are suffering from hunger worldwide...can we do something about these regulations?please can National Geographic make a campaign ion order to change these regulations in the EU and worldwide?!

M. Beck
M. Beck

People just don't blend into their natural environment like wildlife.

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

The thought of fish in a pen is like seeing animals in zoo's. Yet people eat beef, sheep, goats, etc etc,.. and where these animals are kept in feedlots getting fat for slaughter... Where do you draw the line. The oceans are being fished out and hundred of dolphins and whales get killed in the process, how sad but I suppose that's life - and not much we can do about it. The bluefin trapped with no escape can make a good model - the lighting caught in capture on the fish is excellent and makes for a great photo.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Did anyone besides Joy read the description UNDER the photograph??         Very sad and disgraceful really!      Beautiful Blue Fin Tuna.

Diana S.
Diana S.

captured the depth,color and texture excellently

Tariq Hossenbux
Tariq Hossenbux

@Sandra Hickman There is something you can do about it. You can reduce your use of animal products as much as possible.
The replacements that are being made for them are often as good or better now. And it is not hard to avoid factory farmed meats either and eat pasture raised livestock instead.

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