Superfish: The Epic Journey of the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna


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It can weigh up to 1,500 pounds (700 kg).

It can swim more than 4,800 miles (7,700 km) in less than six weeks.

It can dive deeper than 4,000 feet (1,000 meters).

It is one of only a few warm-blooded fish.

It can truly be called a “superfish.” This is the Atlantic bluefin tuna.

Thursday, April 12, marked the world premiere of a new National Geographic film, “Superfish: Bluefin Tuna.” Directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Rick Rosenthal, the documentary is a one-of-a-kind exploration of the life of the bluefin. With unprecedented footage of this majestic fish swimming freely in the ocean, the film captures bluefin in their element and documents their place in the vast marine ecosystem.

Although the fish is one of the most powerful and streamlined animals on the planet—built for speed and endurance—it is in trouble. Our appetite for bluefin tuna has put global stocks in danger from overfishing and, illegal, and other destructive fishing practices. The film highlights why we need to protect these amazing fish to help ensure that they continue their epic journeys across the Atlantic.