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Bonito Fish

November 22, 2022

Bonito Fish are medium-sized fish spread throughout the world. They are silver in color and move in large schools. These fish are invertebrates and occur in four primary species—the Indo-Pacific, Pacific, Atlantic, and Australian Bonito. They have long lifespans if they are not fished out and grow up to 30 inches long.

Fun Facts:

  • Bonito Fish live in large schools on the shores or further into the deep sea. At times, they are seen to move with dolphins or whales.
  • They can swim at a speed of up to 40 miles per hour.
  • Bonito Fish hunt and feed on a variety of smaller fish, including shrimp, anchovies, squid, herring, and mackerels.
  • These fish reproduce using a broadcast method, spawning their millions of eggs into the ocean and leaving them unattended. The eggs hatch three days later and "bloom" depending on the habitat.
  • Some fishermen use Bonito Fish as bait to catch bigger fish.
  • Bonito Fish communicate by vibrating their swimming bladders and making various sounds to scare off other fish.
  • Bonito Fish predators include Swordfish, Sharks, Sea Lions, Dolphins, and Bluefish Tuna.
  • Some people find that Bonito Fish are great for eating. However, many find that they have a strong fish flavor and a somewhat unpleasant oily texture.
  • Bonito Fish have dark red meat.
  • Young Bonito Fish have a meat color and texture similar to skipjack tuna. Therefore, they are sometimes used for canning purposes when the cost of skipjack is too steep.



1 Comment

  1. Douglas Tiedt MD

    Invertebrates – ?


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