Giant tuna sells for nearly $150,000 in Japan

This giant tuna sold

for nearly $150,000

LOCATION: TOKYO, JAPAN

The annual New Year's auction

is held at Tokyo's largest fish market

This year's winning fish

weighed in at 465 pounds

It was caught off Japan's northern coast

and sold to an upscale sushi restaurant

where it was immediately

sliced and diced for diners

The auction is seen as auspicious

and an opportunity for the

winning bidder to gain publicity

But it's suffered recently

from lower bids and fewer attendees

Demand for tuna has slumped

and prices have dropped

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