The Longfin Tuna – also known as the Albacore and called Tombo in Japanese referring to the meaning of “Long Fin” which can be as long as 30% of its total body length is are mostly found off the Southern Cape Coast of South Africa during warmer summer months, although these also frequent the area during cooler winter months.
They are easily recognisable by their remarkably long pectoral fins. The colour of the body is a deep blue with shades of silvery white. The longfin tuna can reach up to 1.4 m (4.6 ft) in length.
Weather patters, ocean currents, wind, water clarity, availability of baitfish and ocean temperatures determine where the Longfin Tuna swim and for how long per season. They can generally be found within as close as and between 10 – 50 nautical miles off shore.