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Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares)

Yellowfin Tuna

Description: Fusiform, compressed; dark blue above, gray below, fins tinged yellow, finlets yellow, edges black. Snout moderately sharp, mouth terminal. Pectoral fin tip not extending beyond second dorsal fin origin; forsal fins about the same height.

Similar fish: Albacore, T. alalunga; has pectoral fins extending beyond anal fin origin.

Where found: Offshore on surface and at mid-depths in open seas, usually in deep water. Found in Atlantic waters, from Massachusetts to Brazil. Also found in Pacific waters from Point Buchon, Califormia, to Chile.

Size: Can reach 6 feet in length, and weigh over 400 lbs.

Remarks: A great tasting fish, it is the most valued on all the tunas. Often pursued by fleets of purse-seine boats from around the world. Also a highly prized game fish. [back to top]

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