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White Marlin (Tetrapterus albidus)

White Marlin

Description: Color of body dark blue to chocolate brown, shading to silvery white underbelly; noticeable spots on dorsal fins; upper jaw elongated in shape of spear; body covered with imbedded scales with a single sharp point; tips of first dorsal, pectoral, and first anal fins rounded; lateral line curved above pectoral fin, then going in straight line to base of tail.

Similar fish: Blue marlin, M. nigricans

Where found: Offshore, a blue water fish.

Size: Common to 8 feet.

Remarks: Uses its bill to stun fast-moving fishes, then turns to consume them; spawning procedures unknown; ranges throughout the Atlantic and Caribbean; feeds on squid and pelagic fishes. [back to top]

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