A Yellowfin Tuna Grabbing a Flying Fish, Mid Air

by Owen James Burke

Two yellowfin tuna race towards a flying fish and the one out front makes the grab.  Yellowfin are one of the largest species in the Thunnus albacares genus.  Usually found in schools with other tuna and sometimes porpoises, they inhabit tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide.

Yellowfin are an epipelagic fish, spending most of their time in the top 300 feet of the water column where there is still enough sunlight for photosynthesis to occur.  As juveniles, they fall prey to just about any larger pelagic fish, including other tuna, sharks and billfish.  Once they grow a little though, they become strong and fast enough to evade most any predator excluding full-grown mako and great white sharks and of course, fishermen.

Due to their torpedo-shaped bodies comprised of pure muscle, yellowfin tuna are able to consistently cruise at an astounding speed of about 10 m.p.h. and can reach bursts of nearly 50 m.p.h., allowing them to seek out almost any prey they so choose, including sardines, anchovies, and the elusive flying fish (pictured above).  Many sport fishermen claim this species of tuna to be the ultimate prize as the fastest and hardest fighting of all sport fish, and, as we all know, the yellowfin doesn’t make for bad table fare either.

*via moldychumwikipedia and hypertextbook*

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