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Yellowfin Tuna: Thunnus albacares

Appearance:

  • Second dorsal and anal fins very elongated (about 1/5 of total length)
  • Second dorsal fin and all finlets are yellow and may be trimmed in black
  • Golden-yellow stripe on sides
  • Long pectoral fin reaches below the beginning of the second dorsal fin

Similar Species: Blackfin tuna, T. atlanticus (lacks elongated second dorsal and anal fins) 

Size: Common to 60 inches 

Habitat:

Offshore waters

Behavior:

Spawning peaks in the summer; feed on fishes and invertebrates.

Additional Information

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



FWC Facts:
Divers must make reasonable efforts to stay within 300 feet of a divers-down flag on open waters and within 100 feet of a flag within rivers, inlets or navigation channels.

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