Black Drum Fish

Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans)

Black Drum

Description: Color cobalt blue on top shading to silvery white on bottom; upper jaw elongate in form of spear; dorsal fin and pointed at front end; pectoral fin and anal fin pointed; lateral line reticulated (interwoven like a net), difficult to see large specimens; no dark spots on dorsal fin; body covered with imbedded scales ending in one or two sharp points.

Similar fish: White marlin, T. albidus (white has rounded dorsal at front end, round tip of pectoral and anal fins, and spots on the dorsal fin).

Where found: Offshore, a blue water fish.

Size: Largest of the Atlantic marlins, common to 11 feet, known to exceed 2,000 pounds.

Remarks: All of the trophy size are females; males do not exceed 300 pounds; make tran-Atlantic migrations; spawning procedures unknown; feeds on squid and pelagic fishes, including blackfin tuna and frigate mackerel. [back to top]

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