White Marlin - Tetrapterus albidus

DESCRIPTION
Dark blue to chocolate brown shading to silvery white underbelly, noticeable spots on dorsal fin, upper jaw elongated in shape of spear, body covered with imbedded scales with a single sharp point, tips of first dorsal, pectoral, and first anal fins rounded, lateral line curved above pectoral fin then going in straight line to base of tail.

size : Common to 8 feet.

RANGE
An offshore, blue-water fish, pelagic, ranges throughout the Atlantic and Caribbean.

NATURAL HISTORY
Uses its bill to stun fast-moving fishes, then turns to consume them; spawning procedures unknown; feeds on squid and pelagic fishes.