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July 10, 2005

Latest tuna news

I thought tuna came in a can.

But it turns out you can catch it in the ocean, too. The way this guy did.

According to the Washington Post, it was a record catch:
There's Dan Dillon, back at the Indian River Marina near Bethany Beach, standing behind the biggest bluefin tuna ever caught off the coast of Delaware -- 873 pounds, 9 feet 7 inches long, more than six feet in girth. What a picture.
His wife had mixed feelings about it.
Now here is Claire Dillon. She's Dan's wife. She stays down at the shore until Wednesday, after Dan goes back to work, and when she gets home to Herndon, the entire house smells of raw fish. She follows her nose. She opens the refrigerator.

"He had put a couple of bags of tuna in the refrigerator to thaw, and being the total man," Claire says, "he sticks them in there, right on the shelf, and this fish blood has leaked out, all over the bottom of the refrigerator, and down over the drain, and all over the floor under the refrigerator."

She tells herself to laugh as she moves the refrigerator away from the wall to clean up the blood, and thinks: "Here we go with all the fish." Dan lights lots of scented candles.
But what's really troubling me is: Has anyone heard lately from Tom Rogers, the creator of Charlie the Tuna? Apparently not. It turns out he's gone to the great Starkist plant in the sky.

Coincidence? I think not.