A blue marlin swimming around a school of smaller fish.

Marlin

Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans) live around the world in tropical and temperate ocean waters. They are the largest fish in the sea. Females can grow up to 16ft in length and weigh as much as 1,400lbs. Marlin are known to swim through a school of prey, use their bills to stun the fish and then double back to eat them. Considered a prized big game fish, they are sought after for sport and commercially. Their declining numbers have them listed as vulnerable, but not yet endangered.

 

White Marlin (Tetrapturus albidus) live in tropical and subtropical epipelagic zone of the Atlantic Ocean. They are smaller than the Blue Marlin, growing up to 9.5ft in length and weighing around 180lbs. 

Marlin are amazing to watch. They are a very dynamic fish and make incredible subjects for my art.

(Photo Credit: Pat Ford)