Tally's hauls big tuna from the woods

A 400-pound tuna is hauled from the woods off Revere Street in the Annisquam area of Gloucester.Courtesy photo

What would you do if you came across a 400-pound tuna in the woods? Perhaps a better question: What in the world was a dead tuna doing in the woods in the vicinity of Revere Street?

Those are just some of the questions the Massachusetts Environmental Police and NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Law Enforcement are trying to answer in their investigation of who dumped the headless giant tuna in the woods.

“I can’t really discuss it because it’s an ongoing investigation,” said Maj. Patrick Moran of the Environmental Police.

Ditto for NOAA Fisheries’ law enforcement folks.

“It’s an open investigation, so I can’t offer any details,” said Ally Rogers, a spokeswoman for OLE.

Not many other details were available Tuesday. The tuna fishing season runs from early June to November.

Neither agency would divulge who initially tipped off authorities to the presence of the deceased pelagic or how it was discovered in the first place. Nor would authorities say exactly when the tuna was recovered.

But once found, the Environmental Police contacted Tally’s, which sent up a wrecker to haul the tuna out of the woods and into the possession of authorities.

Moran was asked whether, in all his years of experience, he’d ever had to open an investigation into a tuna dumped in the woods.

“Never,” Moran said. “Not ever.”

Contact Sean Horgan at 978-675-2714, or shorgan@gloucestertimes.com. Follow him on Twitter at @SeanGDT.

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