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White Marlin: Tetrapterus albidus


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Appearance:
Body dark blue to brown, fading to a silvery-white belly
Dorsal fin dark blue with noticeable black spots
Tips of first dorsal, pectoral and first anal fins are rounded
Upper jaw elongated into a spear shape
Scales imbedded with a single sharp point
Lateral line curves over the pectoral fin
Similar Species: Blue marlin, M. nigricans (dorsal fin pointed and lacks spots; tips of pectoral and anal fins pointed); and longbill spearfish, T. pfluegeri (dorsal fin raised in front, then dips slightly, but remains somewhat high)
Size: Up to 9.5 feet (180 pounds)
Habitat:
Offshore waters
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:External Website 161 lb, caught near Miami Beach

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