Yellowfin Tuna Photos

Panama Yellowfin Tuna can be found just 20 miles off the coast of Panama. Although mainly found in deep offshore waters, Tuna may approach shore when suitable conditions exist. Tuna often travel in schools with similarly sized companions. They are often associated with various species of dolphins or porpoises. Yellowfin prey includes other fish, pelagic crustaceans, and squid. Like all tunas, their body shape is particularly adapted for speed, enabling them to pursue and capture fast-moving baitfish such as flying fish, sardines, and mackerel. Today, Yellowfin Tuna is a major sport fish pursued by sport fishermen in many parts of the world. Thousands of anglers fish for Yellowfin Tuna along the coast of Panama.

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Yellowfin Tuna Information

Scientific name: Coryphaena hippurus

  • The Yellowfin is a species of tuna found in pelagic waters of tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide.
  • The Yellowfin is among the larger tuna species, reaching weights over 180 kg (400 lb), but is significantly smaller than the Atlantic and Pacific bluefin tunas, which can reach over 450 kg (990 lb), and slightly smaller than the bigeye tuna and the southern bluefin tuna.
  • The second dorsal fin and the anal fin, as well as the finlets between those fins and the tail, are bright yellow, giving this fish its common name.
  • The second dorsal and anal fins can be very long in mature specimens, reaching almost as far back as the tail and giving the appearance of sickles or scimitars.
  • The main body is a very dark metallic blue, changing to silver on the belly, which has about 20 vertical lines.

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