Tuna

Welcome to NATURAL SEA Seafood 101! Curious about the different types of seafood species? Click on the seafood type below and explore where they come from and what makes them so unique.

Tuna

Wild Yellowfin Tuna

Wild Yellowfin Tuna

TASTE & TEXTURE: Mild & Firm
CHARACTERISTICS: True to their name, the yellowfin tuna can have a distinct shiny yellow color on their fins and along their sides.
HABITAT: Yellowfin cover a vast range of the globe and swim at very high speeds and can sometimes be seen swimming with dolphins.
WEIGHT: Up to 400 pounds
LENGTH: Up to 7 feet
LIFE CYCLE: 1-3 years
Wild Albacore Tuna

Wild Albacore Tuna

TASTE & TEXTURE: Mild 'white meat' with a dry texture.
CHARACTERISTICS: Bullet-shaped with long pectoral fins. They have dark blue backs and lighter blue-gray sides and belly.
HABITAT: Albacore tend to travel in single species schools and migrate throughout the world.
WEIGHT: Up to 80 pounds
LENGTH: Up to 4 feet
LIFE CYCLE: Up to 12 years
Wild Tongol Tuna

Wild Tongol Tuna

TASTE & TEXTURE: Very mild, dry and tender
CHARACTERISTICS: Their lower sides and bellies are silvery white with oval spots.
HABITAT: Unlike other species of Tuna that travel the world’s oceans, Tongol favors nearshore waters such as the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans.
WEIGHT: Up to 45 pounds
LENGTH: 3 feet
LIFE CYCLE: N/A
Wild Skipjack Tuna

Wild Skipjack Tuna

TASTE & TEXTURE: Darker, slightly pinkish with a robust taste and tender texture.
CHARACTERISTICS: Several dark, longitudinal stripes on their bellies and short fins.
HABITAT: Skipjack are the smallest and most abundant of the tuna species and are found in rich, warm tropical waters near the equator. Skipjack usually swim near the surface at night and can dive up to 850 feet during the day.
WEIGHT: Up to 40 pounds
LENGTH: 2-3 feet
LIFE CYCLE: 8-10 years
Wild Yellowfin Tuna

Wild Yellowfin Tuna

Wild Albacore Tuna

Wild Albacore Tuna

Wild Tongol Tuna

Wild Tongol Tuna

Wild Skipjack Tuna

Wild Skipjack Tuna

Canned Tuna is not just canned tuna. White, light, chunk, solid... what does it all mean?

DECODING THE CAN

WHITE TUNA

  • White in color
  • Can only be classified as ALBACORE Tuna

SOLID TUNA

  • Firmer pieces
  • Single loin cut
  • Milder taste

LIGHT TUNA

  • Lighter color
  • Usually made from SKIPJACK tuna

CHUNK TUNA

  • Smaller, separated pieces
  • Most likely contains SKIPJACK
  • Robust fish taste