Temperate Oceans Animals

Blue Marlin
Blue Marlin
Class: Fishes: 4 classes Diet: Fish
Order: Perciformes: Perch-like fishes
Size: 3 - 4.6 m (10 - 15 ft)
Family: No Fish family information Conservation Status: Vulnerable
Scientific Name: Makaira nigricans Habitat: offshore waters, open sea
Range: Worldwide, tropical and warm temperate seas

Size of Blue MarlinAn extremely impressive fish, the blue marlin weighs at least 180 kg (400 lb) on average and can be more than twice as heavy. It has the elongate, rounded snout common to all members of the family Istiophoridae, with which it is thought to stun prey such as schooling fishes and squid.  Blue marlins are among the fastest of all fishes and have perfectly streamlined bodies and the high, crescent-shaped tails characteristic of the high-speed species. They make regular seasonal migrations, moving toward the equator in winter and away again in summer.

Range of Blue Marlin
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