An oceanic species frequently solitary or forming small loose aggregations rather than compact schools. Feeds on scombrids, porcupinefishes, flyingfishes, herrings and pilchards, scads, lanternfishes, other pelagic fishes and squids. Each mature female may release 6 million eggs per spawning season (Ref. 9340). An important sport fish in some areas and caught with troll lines, artificial lures, or live bait (Ref. 9340). Marketed fresh, salted or spice-cured (slices of meat); also frozen (Ref. 9987). Flesh of very good quality (Ref. 9684).