Bluefin Tuna are built for speed and are extremely effective Ocean predators. With retractable fins and streamlined bodies they cut through the water at great speed when hunting for schools fish. Size is also on their side as they can grow up to 3m long and weigh over 650kg!
DID YOU KNOW?
They have the best eyesight of any fish. Perfect for hunting.
Type of animal: Fish
Region: Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
Maximum Length: Up to 3m
Diet: Schools of Herrings and Mackeral
Status: Vulnerable --> Critically Endangered
There are 3 species of Bluefin Tuna in the world and they are found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Southern Oceans. They are perfectly adapted for catching fish in large groups.
CONSERVATION - HOW TO HELP BLUEFIN TUNA
Due to their size, weight and high muscle density the Bluefin Tuna are among one of the world's most expensive seafoods. Bluefin Tuna is used in many dishes including the famous Japanese sushi. Some fish of great size have been sold for over a million dollars at market. This popularity has led to over fishing and illegal fishing, dramatically reducing the population of all 3 species.
Due to the Bluefin Tuna being a predator it is a vital part of the Ocean ecosystem, helping to keeping other populations down. Thanks to conservation groups all over the world this magnificent fish has a better chance at survival. Groups are working to tag schools of Tuna in order to track them and find their breeding areas. This helps to inform governments and fishing companies where and how much to fish.
YOU CAN HELP BY...
• Eating sustainably caught Tune and other fish within the Oceans.
• Avoid eating Bluefin Tuna
• Easiest of all is to spread the word and encourage others to visit this site and learn more about these wonderful animals.
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