Genera: Tetrapturus, Makaira
Marlin, or spearfish, is a large game fish. It
has an elongated body, up to 2.5 m long, a spearlike
snout, and a long rigid dorsal fin, which extends
forwards to form a crest. Marlins are fast swimmers,
occurring in all seas and hunting small fish.
The larger species include the blue marlin, Makaira
nigricans, which have been reliably recorded in
excess of 5.0 m in length and 820 kg in weight,
and black marlin, Makaira indicans, which have been
reliably recorded in excess of 5.0 m in length and
760 kg in weight. They are popular sporting fishes
in certain tropical areas and are also commercially
important as a food fish.
A marlin is a primary character in Ernest Hemingway's
The Old Man and the Sea.
This article is licensed under the GNU
Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia