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Marlin
Blue Marlin
Scientific classification
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Istiophoridae
Genera

Istiophorus
Makaira
Tetrapturus

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).[1][2]

Marlin are rarely table fare, appearing mostly in fine restaurants. Most modern sport fishermen release marlin after unhooking.

References

  1. Paxton J.R. et al 1998, ed. Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. pp. 190–191. ISBN 0-12-547665-5 . 
  2. "The world's fastest fish". http://www.thetravelalmanac.com/lists/fish-speed.htm.