A Few Facts About Tuna Types

A Few Facts About The Bluefin, Yellowfin, Albacore,& Skipjack Tuna

Unlike most fish, tuna has pink meat, because their blood has a higher oxygen content.

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The Bluefin Tuna

Bluefin Tuna can weigh up to approximately 1,500 pounds.

A picture of the Northern Bluefin Tuna has been on stamps from Maldives, Cuba, Western Sahara, and Canada.

The body of the Northern Bluefin Tuna shape like a cigar and is stout. The head is narrow and the mouth large. It is dark blue on top and gray on the bottom.

Northern Bluefin is a delicacy in Japan, and a giant tuna can get a price of over $100,000 on the Tokyo fish market.

The Yellowfin Tuna is the type of tuna you buy in a can.

The Yellowfin can grow up to approximately 440 pounds. It has a yellow anal, and dorsal fin and fishers catch them with encircling nets or with a rod and reel.

The level of Mercury in tuna fish can be high, so the United States Food and Drug Administration issued a warning for pregnant women, nursing mothers, and young children to watch their intake of tuna fish.

The Albacore Tuna

Albacore Tuna is also used for canned tuna fish and can weigh up to approximately 85 pounds. They caught by either a rod and reel or nets.

Southern Bluefin is one of the most sought after as they are a delicacy in Japan and are very hard to catch. The average size is approximately 15 pounds.

The Skipjack Tuna

Skipjack Tuna is another small fish weighing approximately 7-9 pounds. It is also suitable for canned tuna. However, some claim it has a “fishier” taste.

Fishing for tuna is very heavily regulated as the tuna species have dwindled.

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