Meet Brother Tuna, a very cute, but slightly terrified little tuna fish wandering the streets and subways of Taipei, Taiwan. If you spot Brother Tuna we want you to , and snap a pic to share on your social networks! Help us to find Brother Tuna ... because he's certainly not the only tuna fish that's gone missing.
In fact, I bet if you too knew the statistics regarding dwindling tuna populations, you'd have the same terrified expression as Brother Tuna. This from the Greenpeace International site:
Tuna are incredible creatures. Highly migratory, they travel thousands of miles over their lifetimes. Despite weighing up to 700 kg, the majestic bluefin can accelerate faster than a Porsche and can swim as fast as 43mph - some species travel from North American to European waters several times each year. Yellowfin have been recorded travelling from the US Pacific coast to Japan, they travel at an average speed of ten miles per hour, but can reach up to 50mph. A bigeye tuna has been recorded diving 250 metres in less than one minute - see if you can do better!
Tuna are in trouble
But globally tuna populations are in trouble. Many species are endangered or critically endangered. There simply aren't enough fish to sustain the world's voracious appetite for tuna. Rampant over-fishing and pirates stealing tuna are pushing the ocean's "natural torpedoes" to the brink of extinction.
Bigeye and yellowfin are fully exploited or over exploited in all oceans - they are in serious trouble in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, where they were relatively healthy just a few years ago. Stocks of the magnificent bluefin, the most iconic and valuable of all tuna species, are on the brink of collapse. In 1999, Greenpeace recorded how Mediterranean bluefin had declined by 80 percent.
And it's getting worse. Advances in technology mean large ships - floating factories - are now able to take as much tuna in two days as whole countries can take in a year. Increasing practices of tuna ranching are also further aggravating the crisis.
Head to the Greenpeace International site to learn more about the plight of the tuna fish.