Albacore

Albacore


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Albacore tuna is a “highly migratory species” – these fish are found around the world and can travel long distances. In general, albacore tuna live in tropical and warm temperate waters in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. In the Atlantic, they’re found from Nova Scotia to northern Argentina, and from Ireland to South Africa. Juveniles prefer warmer surface waters; adults like cooler and deeper waters.Albacore are a highly migratory species – they swim long distances throughout the oceans. Similarly sized albacore travel together in schools that can be up to 19 miles wide. Schools of albacore also sometimes include other tuna species such as skipjack, yellowfin, and bluefin tuna.  Albacore, like other species of tuna, have unique biological characteristics that enable them to swim at speeds over 50 miles per hour and cover vast areas during annual migrations. They have torpedo-shaped bodies, smooth skin, and streamlined fins.  Albacore tuna feed near the top of the food chain, preying upon a variety of fish, crustaceans, and squid. They’re also prey for many top predators, including sharks, rays, larger tunas, and billfishes.Albacore has a mild, rich taste and a firm, steaky texture, with large, moist flakes. However, it’s not as firm as yellowfin or bluefin, so it’s not well-suited for sashimi. Albacore meat is less dense than bluefin tuna, although it is one of the fattiest species, with more omega-3 fatty acids than any other tuna. Albacore has the lightest-colored meat of all the tunas – it can range from light beige to almost brown when raw but turns off-white after cooking. When canned, it’s the only tuna meat allowed to be labeled “white meat.”
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