“Many of these are so blatant, any person doing a short check would see that they are obvious."The chances were better then average that Oscar's could have sailed on for months." While bookings flooded in, the profile has since been removed after it was revealed as a hoax.Fake reviews dating back three months said Oscar’s – apparently run by a couple called Colette and Alfredo, with food and décor based on the world-famous Spanish restaurant el Bulli – said the cooking was “simply divine” and “bordered on sorcery”.
“We will also look in its guts to see if it has ingested plastic, as many marine creatures do.” Sean Perkes, who works for wholesalers Ian Perkes Import and Export, said: “I have never seen one that size at Brixham or the UK in my 40 years of being involved in fishing.
Dr Lucy Hawkes, senior lecturer in physiological ecology at the University of Exeter, said: “This is an endangered species, so we want to learn as much as we can from this individual.
“The eye lenses have layers like an onion, and tests on these can reveal a ‘geographical signature’ showing where the tuna has been through its life.
The catch was made 12 miles from the small town of Brixham – a rare find so close to the UK.
It was roughly 2.3m in length and weighed 160kg, making it one of the larger specimens of a species that can reach up to 2.55m in length.