Thunnus Atlanticus

Scombridae

Perciformes

Offshore

2 - 20 pounds

7" - 43"

Blackfin Tuna

Also Known As: Deep-Bodied Tunny  

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Blackfin Tuna (Thunnus atlanticus) Fish Description

Also known as Deep-Bodied Tunny, Albacore, or Bonite Nore in French, the Blackfin Tuna is the smallest tuna in the Thunnus genus. This fish has an oval-shaped body colored black with some faded yellow near the finlets and on the sides. 

Sometimes, the Blackfin Tuna’s sides can be bluish-black, whereas its belly is white. It possesses a vast, brown stripe along the portion of its eye. It has an eye-catching lateral band colored yellow or gold which fades upon its death. Its silvery abdomen has some vertical rows embedded with pale dots. 

Another feature that adds to the Blackfin Tuna’s beauty are the bronze reflections on its dusky dorsal finlets.

 

Diet and Size

In general, Blackfin Tuna reaches up to 39 inches in length and up to 46 lb in weight. On the other hand, it falls prey to Skipjack Tuna, Blue Marlin, and Dolphinfish.

Blackfin Tuna love mesopelagic and epipelagic meals alike. They feast on squid and fish primarily, but they also like the larvae of decapods, stomatopods, amphipods, and crustaceans especially crabs and shrimps.

 

Interesting Facts About the Blackfin Tuna

  • A five-year-old Blackfin Tuna is already considered old since this species grows fast and typically lives for a very short period of time.
  • Greenpeace International added many tuna species under its seafood red list; fortunately, Blackfin Tuna were not added to it.
  • The Blackfin Tuna is a migratory s