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

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Striped marlins, Tetrapturus audax, eat fish, crustaceans and squid. Mackerel, sardines, and herring are particularly important in the diet. They are even able to take skipjacks and other small tuna. The relative importance of different dietary items varies by location and season. Most prey are seized directly in the jaws and swallowed, but some are killed by striking with the bill, or are even impaled on the bill. The importance of the bill as a feeding instrument is hotly debated, but there is no question that marlin can feed even if the bill is entirely missing.

The beauty of the striped marlin, as well as its aerial acrobatics, make it a target for “sport” fisherman around the world. The flesh is sought after for sashimi and sushi. Its population has been significantly reduced by commercial and “sport” fishing, and attempts are being made to conserve them. One of the most important techniques for avoiding mortality in the “sport” fishery is the use of circle hooks. Circle hooks almost invariably lodge in the corner of the jaw, whereas the traditional J hooks are much more likely to be swallowed and to damage the gills or internal organs. Survival after release is much better for marlin caught with circle hooks, and catch rates may be slightly better as well. Some anglers prefer barb-less circle hooks, which make it extremely easy to release the fish quickly and without damage.

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Picture of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, that has been caught and released, trails a fishing line leader while 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, caught on a line, New South Wales, Australia

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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 a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, with spaghetti tag in flank, 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 photographer and a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, feeding on baitball of sardines or pilchards, Sardinops sagax, off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, with sardine in mouth, taken while feeding on 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, 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, using its bill to strike a sardine out of a baitball of sardines, Sardinops sagax, off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean; the sardine is struck on the tail, and not disabled

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Image of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, pulling bubbles into water after striking sardine at left with its bill while feeding on a baitball of sardines, Sardinops sagax, off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean. The sardine was not disabled, and will swim into the bubbles to hide

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Stock photo of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, with the last victim of its bill hiding in its bubbles, looking for another target within a baitball of sardines, Sardinops sagax, off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, targets another sardine which has strayed a little bit outside the baitball of sardines, Sardinops sagax, off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Picture of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, makes a kill strike on a sardine, Sardinops sagax, that it has separated from the baitball off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean; the marlin's bill is moving so fast that a shutter speed of 1/640 second could not freeze its motion

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Image of a stunned or killed sardine sinks upside down while a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, circles back to pick it up after striking it with its bill while feeding on a baitball of sardines, Sardinops sagax, off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, knocks a sardine down with its bill and prepares to swallow it while feeding on a baitball of sardines, Sardinops sagax, off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, slashes with bill at sardines, Sardinops sagax, off Baja California, Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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

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

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

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

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

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Stock photo of a striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, caught on a line, New South Wales, Australia, sportfishing

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Photo of striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, and snorkeler, Baja California, Mexico, Pacific Ocean

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