The Fast and Furious Tuna
By: Maryellen Roche
The amazing tuna has a very diverse habitat, diet, body structure, and appearance. Looking down at the shimmering tuna swimming 62 miles per hour is a rare sight. Native to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the tuna is a fantastic fish.
The habitat for this amazing organism is very fascinating thing to learn about. First, tuna are found in Australia, and many other places. These fish can be found at depths of 3,000 ft or greater. It is also true that tuna are schooling fish. Some adult fish have been tagged and made trans-Pacific migrations. Also, schools of bluefin tuna migrate north during the summer months off the coast of Japan. Lastly, tuna are epipelagic and oceanic, coming to the shore seasonally. Without a doubt, tuna have a very diverse habitat.
The diet of the tuna is very different from any other animals. Tunas usually eat other fish, squid, shellfish, and planktonic organisms. Tuna can also be canned and eaten by people. In addition, almost the entire commercial catch for tuna is canned. Blue fin tuna usually eat towards the shore eating starfish, kelp, and other shallow water fish. Also, blue fin are less likely to feed during the time of the spawning season. Plus, the way the tuna obtains it’s food is very interesting to learn about. The tuna obtains it’s food depending on it’s targeted prey. A quick energetic pursuit is used to obtain smaller schooling fish especially anchovies. “ Modified filter feeding” is used to catch small organisms. Without a doubt, this organism has a very eye-popping diet.
Body Structure and Appearance
The appearance and body structure of a tuna is very unique. First, the length of the tuna depends on its species. The genus futhyonus (little tuna) can be 2-3.3 ft long. The little tuna can weigh up to 30 pounds. Secondly, the slender tunas are usually about 1 meter. The black skipjack tuna can be 2.6-4 ft long. This organism can weigh up to 26 pounds. The northern bluefin tuna can average from 200-500 pounds. They can be as long as 14 ft. A special feature of the tuna is that tuna have fins to make it swim faster. Another special feature of the tuna is the design of it’s body. The design can help scientists recognize what type of tuna it is.Lastly, a special feature is that they are warm-blooded. The good part about being warm-blooded is that they do not have to stay close to the surface. Some colors of the tuna is dark grey, silver, yellow, and many more. Different species of tuna have different colors. One species of tuna has a long yellow stripe from eye to tail. The body of the bluefin tuna is a metallic deep blue above and lower sides and the belly is silvery white. The first dorsal fin is usually yellow or blue, and the second is usually brown or red. This organism has a very unique appearance and body structure.
Body Structure and Appearance
This fabulous animal has many characteristics other than appearance, diet, and habitat. Native to the Great Barrier Reef, tuna is a fabulous animal in the Great Barrier Reef. There are many interesting facts about the tuna like that the largest recorded tuna is 1,506 pounds. To conclude, the tuna is an amazing organism to learn about.
Yield 15 pikelets Units US
1 large egg
1⁄4 cup sugar (use vanilla sugar if you have it, or as some reviewers have suggested ...add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of va)
1⁄2 cup milk (1-2 tbsp extra may be required for correct consistency)
1 cup self raising flour
In a pouring jug, whisk together well the egg, sugar and half of the milk.
Add the flour and mix thoroughly.
Then add milk until the batter is the consistency of a thick cream.
Beat until smooth.
Pour about a soup spoon sized amount onto a preheated lightly greased frypan (You will need to start about medium high heat but after a few rounds you will need to drop it back to medium).
Flip with a spatula when the top is all bubbly (should be a lovely golden colour), and cook the other side.
Remove from pan and pile piklets up on a plate (cover with a paper towel so they don't go rubbery).
Serve with jam, honey or maple syrup etc.
Tuna Acrostic Poem: Learn more about the tuna!
Unique speed no other fish has
Not cold blooded
Amazing and colorful fins