Species: Thunnus thynnus
Length: Can exceed 3 metres
Weight: Up to 900 kilograms
Top Speed: Over 65 kilometres per hour
Diving Depth: Over 900 metres
Life Span: Up to 40 years
Protection Status: Endangered
Diet: Consumes smaller fish such as herring
Food-Chain Position: Apex predator
Revenue for Fisherman: USD$1,500 to USD$20,000+ per fish
Did You Know?
In January 2012 a Tokyo restaurant purchased a single bluefin tuna at auction for USD$736,000 — or $2,736 per kilogram.
The bluefin’s streamlined shape is so optimized for swimming that U.S. military-funded scientists studied it as a model for Navy torpedoes.