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Yellowfin Tuna

Thunnus albacares

Type: Marine Life | Status: Near Threatened | Nativeness: Native


Large tuna with a slender, fusiform body that is covered with small scales. Fast growing, reaching up to 2m in length. Metallic blue-black colouration changing from yellow to silver on the body, with the first dorsal fin an intense yellow, hence common name of “yellowfin tuna”. Feed mainly on fish, crustaceans and cephalopods. Yellowfin tuna are widely distributed and important in commercial fisheries around the world.

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