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Yellowfin Tuna


Introduction: Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) are a large and superb gamefish found near the surface. Their fins can be folded close to their bodies or tucked into grooves. This makes for excellent sprinting. The body is mostly covered with small scales and the fins are well-developed. Thunnus is an ancient name for 'tuna' and albacares refers to their 'bright yellow fins'.

Distribution: Throughout Namibian oceanic and coastal waters including Luderitz, Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, Henties Bay and Cape Cross.

Diet: Small fish, mantis shrimps, crab and crayfish larvae and squid.

Colouration: A metallic-blue back, yellow flanks and a silvery-white belly, adorned with around 20 narrow and pale bars.

Breeding: Spawning grounds remain obscure, possibly due to their extensive oceanic migrations.

Max size: 100cm. Max weight: 108kg.

Cape Cross Lodge

Wonderfully situated remote lodge - directly on the beach near the Cape Cross seal colony

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

An upmarket lodge on the Skeleton Coast - only visit-able as part of a fly in safari.

Terrace Bay

Accommodation in the Skeleton Coast, really catering for fisherman but hardened visitors who absolutely have to spend a few nights inside the Skeleton Coast Park may choose to stay here

Torra Bay

A campsite in the Skeleton Coast Park, popular with fisherman during the summer holidays

Namibia Safari