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Atlantic bluefin tuna
Some facts about this giant fish:
Average Weight: 250 kilograms (550 pounds).
Average Size: 2 metres (6.5 ft.).
Average life span: 15 years.
Protection status: Endangered.
Diet: Smaller fish, crustaceans, squid, and eels.
Range: Western and eastern Atlantic Ocean; the Mediterranean Sea.
Strange fact: This fish is warm-blooded.
Largest ever recorded tuna: 679 kilograms (1,496 pounds).
A premium-size 128-kg tuna fetched at the Tokyo fish market auction $100,000 in January 2009. It was purchased by a Hong Kong sushi bar.
Bluefin tuna is considered by gourmets to have the best taste of all tuna, but it has declined to only 3% of its 1960 abundance because of overfishing.