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~ 45 Lbs 8oz. Caught in Key West, FL on May 4, 1996. The angler was Sam
~ Thunnus Atlanticus
~ Bermuda Tuna, Blackfinned
Tuna, tunny, Blackfinned Albacore
~ The Blackfin Tuna has a bluish-black back with gray to silver sides
and a white belly. As one of the smaller tuna species, the Blackfin Tuna
has a robust, fusiform body, with small, compact scales completely
covering the body. Pectoral fins are moderately long, reaching below the
origin of the second dorsal fin. There are separate finlets located
behind the anal and dorsal fins.
~ Blackfin Tuna can reach a size
of 40 inches in length and 46 pounds in weight. The Blackfin Tuna caught
by sport fishermen have an average size of approximately 19 to 28
inches, and a weight ranging from 7 to 30 pounds.
The Blackfin Tuna may live past 5 years of age.
~ Highly migratory species. Found in tropical and temperate oceanic
waters sometimes not far from the coast. They are found in the western
Atlantic from Brazil to Cape
Cod. They form large mixed schools with the skipjack tuna. Its spawning
grounds are located well offshore.
~ Various fish, squid, shrimp, and crabs form the diet of the Blackfin
tuna. It often feeds in surface waters where they form large mixed
schools with Skipjack Tuna.