The Atlantic blue marlin is a fish that’s quite familiar to South Floridians. It shares a similar physical feature as that of the swordfish, with an elongated and pointy bill. Much like the swordfish, the blue marlin uses this bill to stun, injure, or even kill its prey, which consists of numerous organisms. It is also a highly effective tool to slice through schools of fish.
The majority of the blue marlin’s life is spent in the open sea far away from land. In terms of size, females are generally larger than males, as much as four times in fact. The fish can reach a length of just over five feet and weigh over 300 pounds. Similar to other billfish, it also has the ability to quickly change colors. However, the blue marlin typically maintains a blue-black color with a silvery white underside.
A mature blue marlin can roam the seas without having to worry too much about predators, the exceptions being sharks like the great white or shortfin mako. Speaking of maturity, male blue marlins can live as long as 18 years while females can live for 27 years.
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