BLACKFIN TUNA – Thunnus atlanticus

March 9th, 2006 by Gillwetter Press

Family Scombridae, MACKERELS AND TUNAS

Description: pectoral fin moderately long, reaching point below beginning of 2nd dorsal fin; 2nd dorsal fin dusky; all finlets dusky, with white edges; dorsal finlets sometimes turn yellowish at base after death; a broad, brownish stripe along upper part fo side; eye large; 19 to 25 gill rakers (usually 21 to 23) on 1st arch.

Size: to 1 m (3.25 ft.) and 19 kg (42 lbs.).

Where found: near shore and offshore.

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