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Ocean Zone & Habitat

Somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean

The pig-nosed tuna lives in the epipelagic/euphotic zone in the neritic zone in the pelagic zone in the Atlantic Ocean. The salinity of this area ranges from 3.3-3.7%. The temperature of the water ranges from around relatively cold to pretty warm. The most important of the nutrients in this area are nitrogen, phosphorus, silicon, carbon, and sulfur.

Ichthyporcus aka "Pig-Nosed Tuna"

One physical trait pig-nosed tuna have is their pig-shaped nose. It's used for both protection and food. It allows for them to slam against potential prey and/or predators. Another physical trait pig-nosed tuna have is their sharp fins. It's also used for both protection and food. Their razor-sharp fins help them glide through the ocean waters quickly and also slice potential prey and/or predators. A third physical trait pig-nosed tuna have is their torpedo-shaped body. This trait assists the sharp fins in gliding through the ocean waters quickly.

The pig-nosed tuna's sharp, torpedo-like bodies allow them to glide through the water, and their special swimming muscles in their sharp fins enable them to cruise all throughout the ocean waters with great efficiency.

Somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean

Pig-nosed tuna get their oxygen from the water. They swim with their pig-shaped mouth wide open, which lets through loads of water over their gills with which they extract oxygen from the water.

One of the types of food Ichthyporcus eats

When pig-nosed tuna finds a potential prey, it glides quickly through the water with its mouth open and snags the animal before it can get away. Some prey include monkfish, other types of tuna, bluefish, crab, and squid.

When pig-nosed tuna see an attractive, potential mate, the two fish latch on to each other and sexually reproduce.

Pig-nosed tuna have razor-sharp fins which allow for them to stab potential predators. Along with their knife-like fins, they have a bottle-nose with which they can pound potential predators.

Pig-nosed tuna are nekton. They are found in depths from 0-200 feet and swim around.

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Brendan Epstein


Created with images by gabriella szekely - "The Atlantic Ocean" • cluczkow - "ocean" • NOAA's National Ocean Service - "Red Sea Fan" • BFS Man - "I Don't Know, What Do You Think It Is?" • ptc24 - "Fish"

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