In Hawaii, the wahoo is known as ono. Ono is found worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas. It is best known to sports fishermen for its speed and high-quality flesh make it a prize game fish.
The flesh of the Ono is white to grey, delicate to dense, and highly regarded by many gourmets. The taste is similar to mackerel, though arguably less pronounced. In many areas of its range, such as Hawaii, local demand for Ono is met by artisanal commercial fishermen, who take them primarily by trolling, as well as by recreational sports fishermen who sell their catch.
Ono's body is elongated and covered with small, scarcely visible scales; the back is an iridescent blue, while the sides are silvery, with a pattern of irregular vertical blue bars and have razor sharp teeth. These colors fade rapidly at death. The mouth is large, and both the upper and lower jaws have a somewhat sharp appearance.
Specimens have been recorded at up to 8 ft in length, and weighing up to 183 lb, growth is known to be rapid. Ono can swim up to 60 mph. They are some of the fastest fish in the sea!
Ono tend to be solitary or occur in loose-knit groups of two or three fish, but where conditions are suitable can be found in schools as large as 100 or more. Their diet is made up of other fish and squid.
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