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Pictures of the Striped Marlin Showing This Beautiful Marlin From the Pacific and Indian Oceans

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The striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, also known as the barred marlin, lives in tropical, subtropical, and temperate areas of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, generally in cooler more temperate water than the black or blue marlin, staying near the surface. They are the most widely distributed of the marlin species, mostly solitary but will form small schools when spawning and feeding.

The striped marlin has a metallic blue-black body with up to 20 lavender vertical stripes, and silvery white below. The vertical bars, as well as the fins and other body markings can change color rapidly. These variable color patterns may be used to coordinate group hunting behavior while feeding and/or to frighten and control the prey. Striped marlin have an elongated upper jaw which forms a sword for slashing and stabbing prey and for defense against potential predators. Striped marlin have dark almost black fins, the front of the dorsal fin is high, and the pectoral fins can be folded back flat against its body. They reach a maximum length of 11 feet and weigh up to 440 pounds.

Striped marlin, are closely related to white marlin, Tetrapturus albidus. White marlin occur only the Atlantic Ocean, while striped marlin occur only in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The two species are similar genetically, as well as in appearance. They may eventually be classified as sub-populations of the same species. In any case, the evolutionary divergence of white marlin from striped marlin appears to have been a relatively recent event.

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Picture of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Image of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, feeding on a baitball of sardines or pilchards, Sardinops sagax, off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Photo of California sea lions, Zalophus californianus, scavenging carcass of striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, killed by "sport" fishery off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Picture of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, and California sea lions, Zalophus californianus, feeding on a baitball of sardines or pilchards, Sardinops sagax, off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Image of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, feeding, Baja, Mexico, Pacific

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Stock photo of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, with patch of red copepod parasites on right side of dorsal fin, off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, feeding on a baitball of sardines or pilchards, Sardinops sagax, off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Picture of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, King Bank, North Island, New Zealand, South Pacific

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Image of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, being hauled aboard a "sport" fishing boat King Bank, North Island, New Zealand, South Pacific

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Stock photo of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, with sardine impaled on bill while feeding on a baitball of sardines or pilchards, Sardinops sagax, off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, free jumping off Baja California, near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Picture of a man photographing striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, feeding on baitball of sardines, Sardinops sagax, with reflections on undersurface of water, off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Image of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, feeding on a baitball of sardines or pilchards, Sardinops sagax, off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a baitball or small school of sardines or pilchards, Sardinops sagax, with striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, approaching in background, off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Picture of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, feeding on a baitball of sardines or pilchards, Sardinops sagax, with striped marlin approaching in background, off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Image of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, with a piece of the bill of another marlin stuck in its flank; off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, feeding on a baitball of sardines or pilchards, Sardinops sagax, off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Photo of striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, and California sea lions, Zalophus californianus, feeding on a baitball of sardines or pilchards, Sardinops sagax, off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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