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Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Facts and Information (Thunnus thynnus)

Quick Facts:

IGFA All Tackle World Record: 1,496 lbs. (1979)

January 2001 - 444lb Bluefin Tuna sold for a wold record $173,600 on the Japanese fish Market

Average Size 6.5 ft

Average Life Span 15yrs

Bluefin Tuna slide show

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna are one the most magnificent creatures in the ocean. They are regarded as one of the most highly evolved fish species and are one of the world’s most prized big game fish.  They have beautiful deep blue metallic coloration, with purple or green iridescence (colors that shimmer as observer changes position); silvery sides and belly. Their torpedo shaped body can reach speeds up to 40mph and they can exceed well over 1000lbs, making them one of the fastest and largest fish in the ocean.  They can tolerate a considerable range of temperatures and have been observed both above and below the thermocline, down to depths of greater than 3000 feet. They grow very slowly reaching sexual maturity around 8 years, and live up to 20 years.  Bluefin are towards the top of the food chain preying upon many aquatic species including fish, squid, and crustaceans.

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna are warm blooded fish enabling them to be comfortable in a wide variety of water conditions.  In western Atlantic waters Bluefin can be found from Newfoundland to the Brazilian coast.  In the eastern Atlantic waters Bluefin Tuna can be found from Norway as far south as northern West Africa. They spawn mainly in the Gulf of Mexico and the Mediterranean from mid-April through June.  Satellite linked tagging programs have shown that some Bluefin travel across the Atlantic Ocean several times a year.  Before tagging programs, experts believed that Bluefin Tuna were divided into two breeding groups; Eastern, and Western.  The theory was that Western Bluefin Tuna migrate to the Gulf of Mexico to breed and Eastern to the Mediterranean while both shared some common ground in the middle of the Atlantic to feed.  However, recent tagging data provides concrete evidence of migratory mixing which suggests we still have a lot to learn.

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna