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.
fish: Albacore, T. alalunga; has pectoral fins
extending beyond anal fin origin.
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.
Can reach 6 feet in length, and weigh over 400 lbs.
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.