Found in offshore waters (Ref. 9340). Abundant in surface and deeper waters of 9.5° to 25.2°C forming mixed schools with skipjack tuna, yellowfin tuna and bluefin tuna. May tolerate lowered temperatures up to 9.5°C for short periods (Ref. 9340). Known to concentrate along thermal discontinuities. Schools may be associated with floating objects, including sargassum weeds. Feeds on fishes, crustaceans and squids. Also caught by trolling (Ref. 9684). Highly appreciated and marketed fresh, smoked, deep frozen or canned. Eaten steamed, broiled, fried and microwaved (Ref. 9987).