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Tuna Fish

Updated on July 22, 2009


What is tuna

Tuna are several species of ocean-dwelling carnivorous fish. It is fished in large amounts and is eaten in most parts of the world.

Common Name

Common name of the tuna fish is "Rose of the sea", because unlike most fish species which have white flesh, tuna's flesh is pink to dark red in color.


Tuna is an oily fish and contains a large amount of Vitamin D.


It belongs to the family Scombridae.

Some Tuna Facts

The average consumption of tuna in America is 3.6 pounds per person, per year, most of which is canned.

Depending on the variety, weight of a tuna fish can be anywhere from 10 pounds to 600 pounds.

Interesting Facts

In January of 2001, a prime, 444-pound (201-kilogram) bluefin tuna sold in a Japanese fish market for $173,600 (¥20.2 million), which is a world record.

Tuna can cruise up to 55 miles per hour, and they are constantly in motion. To keep this speed machine going, the tuna eats up to ten percent of its body weight daily.


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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      I am glad you found these facts interesting.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Some interesting facts, UH. I bet that tuna yielded a lot of sushi and sashimi! Thanks.