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Marlins, family Istiophoridae, are fish with an elongated body, a spear-like snout or bill, and a long rigid dorsal fin, which extends forward to form a crest. Its common name is thought to derive from its resemblance to a sailor's marlinspike. Even more so than their close relatives the scombrids, marlin are incredibly fast swimmers, marlins are fast swimmers, reaching speeds of about 80 km/h (50 mph).
Marlin are rarely table fare, appearing mostly in fine restaurants. Most modern sport fishermen release marlin after unhooking.
- Paxton J.R. et al 1998, ed. Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. pp. 190–191. .
- "The world's fastest fish". http://www.thetravelalmanac.com/lists/fish-speed.htm.