What is a marlin?

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A marlin is a type of fish with a spear-like snout, elongated body and rigid dorsal fin. Marlins can weigh hundreds to thousands of pounds. Despite their large size, they are fast swimmers, reaching upwards of 50 miles per hour.

Some marlin species, such as the Atlantic blue marlin and the black marlin, can grow to be longer than 16 feet. They are popular targets for sport fishermen due to their size and because they are known to put up a good fight once hooked.

The blue marlin is famous in literature. Ernest Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea" tells the story of a fisherman and his battle to catch a blue marlin.

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A marlin is a huge fish with a spear-like nose or snout. They can put up one heck of a fight, so be sure to eat your Wheaties before the fishing trip. You can find more information
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n. A large marlin (Makaira nigricans) of warm Atlantic and Pacific waters, having dark blue to brownish upper parts, silvery underparts, and pale blue vertical bars on the sides.
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White Marlin
Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Actinopterygii Order: Perciformes Family: Istiophoridae Genus: Tetrapturus Species: Tetrapturus albidus
The white marlin was first described by Poey in 1860 as Tetrapturus albidus. English language common names include white marlin, Atlantic white marlin, and skilligalee. Occurring in the Atlantic Ocean, the white marlin has a... More »
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