noaafisheriesReady to jump into the weekend? Happy FishWatch Friday! Information on Pacific blue marlin can now be found on FishWatch.
Blue marlin are a type of billfish. Billfish are predatory fish species that have a long “bill” that they move from side to side when swimming through giant #schools of small fish. This sweeping motion stuns the fish, making it easier for the billfish to capture and eat their prey. Historically, Pacific blue marlin and other billfish were feared because their large bills were believed to be able to pierce #fishing canoes. Although blue marlin live throughout many areas of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, scientists now believe there is only one species. The “Indo-Pacific blue marlin” or Makaira mazara, was renamed to match the name of the Atlantic blue marlin, Makaira nigricans. Blue marlin are the largest billfish species, but Pacific blue marlin tend to be larger than those found in the Atlantic. Learn more about this species on our new seafood profile page: http://www.fishwatch.gov/seafood_profiles/species/marlin/species_pages/pac_blue_marlin.htm
Get a closer look at this photo from the NOAA Photo Library: http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/htmls/fish0377.htm
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