Pacific BonitoSarda chiliensis
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Randy Wilder ~ montereybayaquarium.com
- It is colored blue to violet above, with metallic luster becoming silvery ventrally
- It has ten or eleven stripes on its back running obliquely from the dorsum forward, and fifteen or more rakers below the angle on the first gill
- The first dorsal fin is contiguous with the second and longer than the head
- The maximum length is about 40 in and weight 25 pounds
- Inshore to about 100 miles offshore from northern Vancouver Island to Chile, though it is not normally found north of Point Conception
- Coastal surface pelagic, meaning a column of water not close to the bottom or near to the shore, which represents a strata of the ocean
- Swims in schools
- Fish(especially anchovies) and squid
- Grow quickly, consuming about six percent of their body weight each day
- Bonito are one of the smallest tunas—their size and striped surface distinguish them from their larger cousins
- They avoid predators by gathering in large schools, usually close to the surface.
- Like other tunas, they can travel great distances.