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Pictures of the Blue Marlin Showing The Largest of the Marlin Family

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The blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, is the largest of the marlins. Formerly divided into Indo-Pacific blue marlin, Makaira mazara, and the Atlantic blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, most scientists now believe they are the same species. They commonly go by the names blue marlin, Atlantic blue marlin, billfish, cuban black marlin, marlin, ocean gar, and ocean guard. Blue marlin can grow to 14 feet long, and weigh up to 2000 pounds, with females tending to be larger than males. Blue marlin are cobalt blue on top, with a silvery white underneath, the upper jaw is elongated like a spear, and tail is high and crescent-shaped. Blue marlin occupy the offshore tropical and temperate waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. They are migratory, and prefer to stay in warmer water above the thermocline, moving towards the equator in winter and away from the equator in summer.

Blue marlin eat large fish such as tuna, mackerel, dolphinfish, and also squid and octopus, hunting alone during the daytime, using their bill to stun and slice their prey. It is a popular “sport” fishing fish, and also fished commercially for its flesh. The blue marlin is an at-risk species.

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Picture of a blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, off Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Image of a blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, and oceanic whitetip shark, Carcharhinus longimanus, off Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, off Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Picture of a blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, off Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Image of a blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, off Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, off Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, off Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Picture of a blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Image of a blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, leaping, Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, 550 lb. "sport" fishing trophy catch, Honokohau Harbor, off Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, off Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Picture of a blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, jumping upside down, New South Wales, Australia

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Image of a blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, off Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of dead blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, slaughtered and hung up on the gallows at kill big game fishing tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1986

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Photo of a blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, leaping, with "sport" fishing boat, off Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Picture of neatly packaged fresh fillet steaks of Pacific blue marlin meat for sale at supermarket in Kailua Kona, Big Island of Hawaii, Makaira nigricans, imported from F.S.M. - Federated States of Micronesia

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Image of a blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, jumping, New South Wales, Australia

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Stock photo of a blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, illustration

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Photo of a blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, jumping, New South Wales, Australia

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