Most people might think of it as a canned food with a distinct aroma, but the tuna is also a fish, a saltwater one to be specific. The tuna and its sibling the mackerel are the only fish species capable of maintaining a body temperature that’s actually higher than that of the water it’s swimming in. Typically found in warm waters, the tuna is among the most commercially fished sea dwellers and maintains high popularity as a game fish.
There are over seven species of tuna, and they all lead nomadic lives, living for as long as thirty years in rare cases. These fish can grow to be quite long at more than six feet and they can weigh more than 500 pounds. If that seems large, consider that the largest tuna ever caught was over twenty feet long and weighed a whopping 1600 pounds!
As agile predators, the colors of a tuna’s body are perfectly suited for camouflage. Even though they are quite large, they are capable of zipping through the ocean waters at over sixty miles per hour. On top of that, the fish can also adjust the position of its pectoral and dorsal fin to improve acceleration and reduce drag, which aids greatly in catching prey. This prey consists of other fish like herring and mackerel as well as squid and crustaceans.
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