Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Blue marlin fact sheet

Makaira nigricansAtlantic blue marlin 

Atlantic blue marlin is a species of marlin endemic to the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic blue marlin (hereafter, blue marlin) feeds on wide variety of organism near the surface. Blue marlins are distributed throughout the tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. They have a dark blue back with lighter flanks, blue fins and a silver belly. It is an open water fish that spends the majority of its life in the high seas, far from land. They can be found in epipelagic zone (from 0 to 200 m). Females can grow up to four times the weight of males. Adult blue marlin have few predators apart from man. Blue marlins usually appear in the Azores when the temperature of the water is about 22º C (July, August and September). Although most fish average around 500 pounds (226 kg) there is always the chance to see a fish exceeding 1000 pounds (454 kg) which is know as a "grander".

Average: 3.4 m
Maximum (females): 4.3 m

Average: 91-181 kg
Maximum (females): 900 kg

Diet: Fish such as mackerel and tuna and deep water squid.

Reproduction: Oviparous with external fertilization

Females: 18 years
Males: 28 years

Conservation status: Vulnerable

In other languages:
Portuguese: Marlin azul
Spanish: Aguja azul del Atlántico
French: Makaire bleu de l'Atlantique
Italian: Marlin Blu
German: Blauer marlin
Dutch: Blauwe marlijn
Swedish: Blå marlin
Norwegian: Blå marlin
Danish: Blå marlin
Finnish: -
Polish: -

Blue marlin splashing

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