The price of Pingtung (屏東) bluefin tunas has plummeted this year amid the pandemic. Bluefin tuna sightseeing tours have also been canceled, and many seafood restaurants have suffered great losses since the beginning of the semi-lockdown.
Although bluefin tuna may be considered a delicacy for tourists, Pingtung locals can easily buy some from traditional markets.
The photo, captioned “bought a slice of bluefin tuna on the way home; this is the norm for Pingtung locals,” attracted a lot of attention online.
Many Pingtung locals commented on the post agreeing with the original statement. Some explained that bluefin tuna is the pride and a traditional treat for Pingtung locals, while others shared their own daily experiences with cooking and storing seafood. One social media user even said that in Pingtung, vegetables are more expensive than tuna.
Other social media users were very curious about the price of bluefin tuna in Pingtung. A local said that the price of one slice can range from NT$2,500 to NT$8,000.
The post also aroused a couple of heated discussions as internet users compared the norm for locals in Pingtung to other counties.
For example, a local from Hualien said that they eat watermelons using a spoon instead of cutting it into slices, while a local from Beitou jokingly commented that their taps are filled with water from the hot springs.