1560 Gesner Medditeranean Bluefin Tuna

1560 Gesner Medditeranean Bluefin Tuna

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Credit: PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: 1560 Medditeranean Bluefin Tuna, Conrad Gesner Woodcut with old colouring. Conrad Gesner "Icones Animalium" publ. Christof Froschover, Zurich, 1560. The medditeranean bluefin tuna has been known and fished since ancient times. This is among the first published images of the species and is accurate indicating the illustration was made from an actual specimen. The medditeranean tuna is a breeding population of the Atlantic Bluefin (Thunnus thynnus). the species is the largest tuna, growing up to 450kg. It is also one of the most expensive fishes in the world and hence IUCN Endangered. They migrate across oceans and can dive more than 4, 000 feet. They are built for great speed, able to retract their fins and hunt for other fish using the sharpest eyesight of any bony fish. They can live for up to 40 years. The Mediterranean Sea is the most important bluefin tuna fishery in the world.

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