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Pictures of the Black Marlin Showing This Billfish That Lives in the Indian and Pacific Oceans

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The black marlin, Makaira indica, is one of four marlin species, and a member of the billfish family. They live in tropical and subtropical waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans, usually in the surface waters of the open ocean or close to islands and coral reefs. Black marlin are dark blue above with silvery white underneath, and a first dorsal fin that is blackish to dark blue. They have an elongated body, a distinctive elongated sword-like upper jaw, and pectoral fins that stick out sideways from its body. Black marlin can grow to 13 feet long, and weigh up to 1650 pounds, with females tending to be larger than males. They are second in size among marlin to the blue marlin, and like all marlins are extremely fast swimmers. Black marlin breed by spawning, and a single female may carry up to 40 million eggs.

Black marlin eat large fish such as tuna, mackerel, trevally, and swordfish, and also squid, octopus and large crustaceans, slashing their food with their bill before swallowing it. It is a popular “sport” fishing fish, and also fished commercially for its flesh, which is banned is parts of Australia because of the high selenium and mercury content. The black marlin is an at-risk species.

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Picture of a black marlin, Makaira indica, leaping, New South Wales, Australia

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Image of a black marlin, Makaira indica, jumping, New South Wales, Australia

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Stock photo of a black marlin, Makaira indica, in the air, New South Wales, Australia

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Photo of a black marlin, Makaira indica, jumping close to shore, South West Rocks, New South Wales, Australia

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Picture of a black marlin, Makaira indica, at a boat, New South Wales, Australia

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Image of a black marlin, Makaira indica, jumping, New South Wales, Australia

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Stock photo of a black marlin, Makaira indica, in the air, New South Wales, Australia

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Photo of a black marlin, Makaira indica, jumping, South West Rocks, New South Wales, Australia

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Picture of a black marlin, Makaira indica, leaping, New South Wales, Australia

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Image of a black marlin, Makaira indica, anglers pose with black marlin prior to release, New South Wales, Australia

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Stock photo of a black marlin, Makaira indica,jumping with angler in foreground, New South Wales, Australia

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Photo of a black marlin, Makaira indica, jumping beside a boat, South West Rocks, New South Wales, Australia

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Picture of a black marlin, Makaira indica, held by bill in prop wash, New South Wales, Australia

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Image of a black marlin, Makaira indica, jumping on lure, New South Wales, Australia

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Stock photo of a black marlin, Makaira indica, jumpingr, New South Wales, Australia

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Photo of a black marlin, Makaira indica, jumping, South West Rocks, New South Wales, Australia

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Picture of a black marlin, Makaira indica, leaping, New South Wales, Australia

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Image of a black marlin, Makaira indica, at a boat, New South Wales, Australia

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Stock photo of a black marlin, Makaira indica, in the air, New South Wales, Australia

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Photo of a black marlin, Makaira indica, young angler releases black marlin, Port Stephens New South Wales Australia

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