Information on Yellowfin Tuna.
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Yellowfin tuna are a favorite among anglers around the world. Their aggressive feeding habits sometimes get them in trouble as anglers are able to fool feeding fish that would otherwise shy away.
They are one of the most attractive open ocean fish and are frequently subjects of artists. Yellowfin are also sought after my seafood lovers as their meat has excellent flavor and is an excellent source of omega 3 fish oils and other nutrients.
Other names for the species include Ahi and Allison tuna.
Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) are found in open waters of tropical and subtropical seas worldwide. These fast swimmers reach lengths of more than 8 feet and can weigh over 400 lbs.
The body of yellowfin tuna are very dark metallic blue, changing to silver on the belly. The body is often strikingly marked with a pattern of vertical lines. The fish get their name from the coloration of the second dorsal fin and the anal fin which are bright yellow. The dorsal and anal fins and be very long in mature fish, and fish displaying this aspect are sometimes referred to as "allison tuna" by fishermen. Yellowfin tuna are also known as ahi in Hawaii.
Yellowfin tuna tend to school in large schools, sometimes with other species of tuna or other fish. They also travel with dolphins, porpoises or whales. The fish eat other fish, crustaceans, and squid.
Cooking and Enjoying Tuna
Tuna is consumed in a variety of ways. Tuna is the most well known and available fish in the USA and many other parts of the world due to it's popularity as a canned product. Most of us grew up on tuna salad sandwiches and associate that experience with tuna as a meal.
Readers that have been lucky enough to enjoy fresh caught tuna know that there is quite a difference between a canned tuna salad sandwich and a fresh grilled tuna steak!
Fresh tuna is delicious grilled, blackened, or as sushi. Those of us that still love tuna salad can enjoy tuna from the can or use leftover grilled tuna to create a unique and delightful tuna salad with a unique flavor.
Smoked fish lovers will be thrilled to know that tuna is excellent smoked. The finished product makes wonderful smoked fish dips, salads or just eaten cold as is.