Friday, July 31, 2009

Yellowfin Tuna

[Originally posted to the Moorea Coral Reef LTER (MCR LTER) Marine Life Encyclopedia]

Yellowfin Tuna - Aahi re'are'a
(Thunnus albacares)

Yellowfin Tuna - Thunnus albacares
Photo by Gerick Bergsma
Yellowfin tuna often school with other fish of similar size.  Smaller individuals are often found in large single-species schools or in schools with other species of tuna, while larger individuals are sometimes found schooling with dolphins or porpoises.

Yellowfin Tuna occur throughout the world's tropical oceans.

Yellowfin Tuna are found out in the open ocean.

Yellowfin feed on fish, crustaceans and squid.

Quick Fact
Yellowfin tuna are fast swimmers, and can reach speeds of 70 kilometers per hour (~45 miles per hour).  They roam widely, and have been known to move over 1,000 km in a year.

Learn More
- Florida Museum of Natural History

- Moorea Biocode Database

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