Billfish (part 2) – The classification and distinguish

Here’s belowed the information of a certain type of Billfish

Striped Marlin

Highlights: A group of striped marlin hunting together to fish the bait stand “bait balls”. After you create the bait ball, they take turns stabbing into them to eat.
Food: mackerel, sardine, anchovy, squid, crustaceans
Size: up to 11 feet (3.3 m) heavy 494 pound (224 kg)
Life cycle: up to 10 years
Distribution: striped marlin the most widely distributed of the marlin in the Indian-Pacific, in colder waters (68-77 degrees F) in comparison with the green marlin and black fish. Their number increases with distance from the continental shelf, and usually only found near the shore when there is deep water.

Black Marlin

Features: black marlin can migrate very long distances. A individuals are known to have migrated 9045 miles (14556 km) crossing the Pacific from Australia to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica
Food: small tuna, cuttlefish, squid, crustaceans
Size: up to 15 feet (4.6 m) weighs 1650 pounds (750 kg)
Life cycle: up to 25 years
Distribution: black marlin living in the waters of the subtropical and tropical Indian-Pacific region, occasionally in temperate waters. They are often found in warmer surface waters near land, Islands and coral reefs.

White Marlin

Highlights: the most fish-belly white marlin in prey do not waving the signs, that proves they often hunt prey by speed rather than make them hurt before.
Food: Squid, herring, mackerel, sardine, jack
Size: up to 10 feet (3 m) and weighs 181 pounds (82 kg)
Life cycle: up to 18 years
Distribution: only in the Atlantic Ocean, the white marlin live mainly in the warm surface waters (above 72 degrees F) off. In the warm season, they often go further towards greater latitudes of the northern and southern hemispheres.

Blue Marlin

Highlights: the green marlin species is the biggest and most horrible of billfish species, weighing nearly a ton of maturity. This can understand why Ernest Hemingway selected fish green marlin to fight with his starring role in the old man and the sea.
Food: mackerel, dolphin, tuna, sardine, anchovy, herring, squid
Size: up to 16 feet (5 m) and weighs 2,000 pounds (906 kilograms)
Life cycle: up to 28 years
Distribution: Like living in the blue waters of the ocean, the blue marlin live largely off the distance, followed by warmer ocean waters (more than 75 degrees F). Scientists previously believed green marlin in the Atlantic Ocean is the species other than in the Indian-Pacific, but genetic studies have concluded they are the same species.


Highlights: marlin leaf Fish have the ability to burst of speed and are known to attack prey with the speed of 20 miles an hour. That is the fourfold speed swimming champion Michael Phelps.
Food: sardine, mackerel, squid, jack
Marlin leaf fish of the Pacific: up to 11 feet (3.3 m) and weighed 221 pounds (100 kg)
Leaf marlin Atlantic fish: up to 10 feet (3 m) weighed 141 pounds (64 kg)
Life cycle: up to 16 years
Distribution: marlin leaf Fish prefer warm waters (77-82 degrees F) and can be detected throughout the tropical and temperate waters of the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. Unlike the other billfish species, the leaves on the side. They are highly migratory species, nearly 200,000 miles in our 16 year lifetime. Because of differences in characteristics of the fuselage and fin size, fish leaf marlin before the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean is divided into two separate species-species Atlantic (Istiophorus albicans) and Indian-Pacific species (Istiophorus platypterus). The new research it certified them really is just one species, although no reproduction between them.

***How to Distinguish marlin and swordfish***

Fish marlins have a single dorsal fin runs along the fish back to a top looks very soft and short.Swordfish, shark-like dorsal fin, and even extended.
Here’s a photo of a marlin

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Compare it with a swordfish. Note that swordfish have the pectoral fins extended below the body, while the pectoral fins of the fish are small and inconspicuous than the marlin.

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If you do not differentiate by fins, you can rely on the shape of the fish to distinguish. Long tube-shaped marlin, only slight changes along the length. Swordfish, while long, also have a more rounded body.

Once you know a little difference, I think you can easily distinguish the two species. Even when you are confused between the two species, I believe that no one will blame you, as long as you don’t call either this child is a leaf marlin.

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