A DEAD tuna washed up on a Mojacar Playa beach on Tuesday.
Volunteers with the Equinac marine life rescue association worked with Local Police and Guardia Civil officers to ensure no member of the public tried to pull the tuna out of the sea and take the body, or part of it, with the idea of either selling or consuming it.
After the volunteers and officers retrieved the dead fish from in front of the Hotel Indalo it was the municipal cleaning services which had the job of taking the dead body away.
This was the latest in a series of dead red tuna fish to appear on the Almeria coast in the weeks since September’s extreme weather, which produced torrential downpours and flooding.
They are believed to have been swept towards the province from a fish farm in Murcia, which was badly damaged in the storms.
The emergency services and the company which has sunbeds on the beach in the Hotel Indalo area first alerted Equinac to the dead tuna, initially thinking it was a beached dolphin.
Commenting on the incident on its Facebook page, Equinac warned of the potential health risks of eating dead fish washed up on shore and issued a reminder it is illegal to sell them.