Longbill Spearfish - Tetrapturus pfluegeri

 

spearfish
 

DESCRIPTION
Body dark blue, shading to silvery white underneath, dorsal fin bluish, others brown-black, two dorsal fins, the first lengthy, its front forming a peak, two anal fins, upper jaw prolonged into spear, its cross section round.

size : Relatively small species. 

RANGE
Offshore in deep water.

NATURAL HISTORY
Uncommon, available data indicate that the spearfish matures at 2 years of age, and rarely lives past 4 to 5 years; they are pelagic, and feed at or near the surface, mainly on fishes and squid; named for Al Pflueger, Sr., founder of Pflueger Taxidermy.