It shone under the halogen lights. An object of desire. A symbol of power and wealth. The must-have of the millennium.
Sotheby’s had never been so crowded. Forget Monet, Matisse and Picasso oil paintings. This one was unique. Deep frozen. Ice dust on its surface bounced light with diamond-like brilliance.
The forty million dollar mark was long past. The bids kept hitting the auction floor, waves upon waves, each one higher than the last one.
Until it was done.
The last Atlantic bluefin tuna was sold to a man unsure of his manhood. He was a filthy rich tycoon who used death to buy his self-esteem.
Now, the oceans were forever empty of the great predator. In this way, humankind lost its humanity.
Author’s note: the Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) is endangered due to overfishing. You can stop the Auction fable from becoming a reality. Don’t eat sushi or sashimi made with this species. Use a Sustainable Seafood Guide to choose wisely. Support the conservation of Atlantic bluefin tuna. Learn more at the WWF bluefin tuna project