Blue Marlin - Makaira nigricans

DESCRIPTION
Cobalt blue on top shading to silvery white on bottom, upper jaw elongated in form of a spear, dorsal fin pointed at front end, pectoral fin and anal fin pointed, lateral line reticulated (interwoven like a net, difficult to see in large specimens), no dark spots on dorsal fin, body covered with imbedded scales ending in one or two sharp points. 

size : The blue marlin is the largest of the Atlantic marlins, common to 11 feet, known to exceed 2,000 pounds.

RANGE
An offshore, blue-water fish, pelagic, makes trans-Atlantic migrations.

NATURAL HISTORY
Most trophy size blue marlin are females, males normally do not exceed 300 pounds, spawning procedures are unknown, feeds on squid and pelagic fishes including tuna, dolphin (dorado) and mackerel.