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White Marlin: Tetrapterus albidus

Appearance:

Color of body dark blue to chocolate brown, shading to silvery white underbelly; noticeable spots on dorsal fin; upper jaw elongated in shape of spear; body covered with embedded 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.

Habitat:

OFFSHORE, a blue water fish.

Behavior:

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

Additional Information

State Record:  161 lb, caught near Miami Beach


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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