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Happy #EndangeredSpeciesDay, an opportunity to learn about these amazing animals and everyday actions we can take to protect them. The Aquarium helps rescue, rehabilitate, and exhibit endangered or threatened species to highlight the dangers they face in the wild.
Study Documents Crude Oil’s Toxic Impact on Tuna Hearts
Scientists from Stanford University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have discovered that crude oil interferes with tuna heart cells in ways that can lead to cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death.
The specific mechanism behind the cardiotoxic effects of crude oil were documented for the first time in work by the Stanford team at the Tuna Research and Conservation Center, a 10-year collaboration between Stanford and the Aquarium.
Because heart function in tunas is similar to that in humans, marine mammals and other vertebrates, the Stanford team is recommending further study to determine if human hearts are at risk when they’re exposed to the same hydrocarbon compounds in polluted air.
The Aquarium, Stanford and NOAA funded the research project.
You can see yellowfin and bluefin tuna in our Open Sea exhibit, but did you know that next door we work with Stanford University to study and help save these prized and threatened animals?
This Month’s Recipes: Albacore Tuna
This firm, mild-flavored fish is best grilled or sautéed until seared on the outside but still rare on the inside. It’s also delicious raw. Olive oil and Mediterranean seasonings are natural complements, as are ginger and soy sauce.
Troll- or pole-and-line-caught albacore tuna from the U.S. Pacific and British Columbia is on the Seafood Watch green, “Best Choices" list.
Albacore Tuna with Cucumber, Orange and Mint Relish, by Kristine Kidd
Seared Albacore Tuna with Wilted Spinach, by Michel Nischan
We recently added a bluefin tuna to our renovated Open Sea exhibit—at more than 150 pounds, it’s the largest one we’ve ever moved from our new Animal Research and Care Center (ARCC) in Marina! We also added three yellowfin tuna. Learn more about tuna research and conservation at the Aquarium.
Did you know that tuna are some of the largest and fastest fish in the ocean? We recently added six to our Open Sea exhibit, including four bluefin and two yellowfin. These are some of the largest tunas we’ve ever transported!