27 May 2010

Tuna in Slovenia

April was not just a month of dolphin sightings, but also a month of several sightings of the atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus). The animals were estimated to be about 1,5 - 1,8 m long. Tunas often jump high out of the water when hunting, which is why they can easily be mistaken for dolphins at first.
Large tunas (even 3 m long) were once regular visitors of our sea, but nowadays it is a rare occasion to see them here. Even those individuals that manage to escape all the dangers on their way from the Atlantic are rarely longer than 1 m. The atlantic bluefin tuna, known also as the northern bluefin tuna, is threatened by extinction due to overfishing. Would it make sense to remove tuna from our menu and give it a chance to recover?

Photos of tunas (among other animals) can be seen here: Photogallery

Photo: Polona Kotnjek / Morigenos

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