Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Atlantic white marlin fact sheet

Kajikia albida nigricans | Atlantic white marlin

Atlantic white marlin are large, elongated fish with a large upper jaw that forms a spear which is round in cross-section. They are dark blue to chocolate-brown in colour. Although generally considered to be a rare and solitary species relative to other similar fish, white marlins occur in small groups consisting of several individuals. The white marlin's preferred habitat is deep blue water over 100 m deep. They usually migrate to high latitudes in the warm season. In the Azores, white marlins can be very abundant. They usually appear a little earlier than the Atlantic blue marlin (June), because they can tolerate slightly lower water temperatures. They are impressive fighters and usually weigh around 50 pounds.

Length: 1,10 - 1,50 m (maximum)

Weight: 20 kg - 80 kg (maximum)

Diet: Cephalopods (squid and octopus), crustaceans and fishes

Reproduction: Oviparous with external fertilization

Longevity: about 20 years

Conservation status: Vulnerable

In other languages:
Portuguese: Marlin branco
Spanish: Aguja blanca
French: Makaire blanc
Italian: Marlin bianco
German: Wei
ßer marlin
Ducth: Witte marlijn
Swedish: Vit marlin
Norwegian: Hvit marlin
Danish: Hvid marlin
Finnish: Valko
Polish: Marlin bialv
Russian: -

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