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Marlin
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Blue Marlin
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Istiophoridae
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Istiophorus
Makaira
Tetrapturus

Marlins, family Istiophoridae, are fish with an elongated body, a spear-like snout or bill, and a long rigid dorsal fin, which extends forward to form a crest. Its common name is thought to derive from its resemblance to a sailor's marlinspike. Even more so than their close relatives the scombrids, marlin are incredibly fast swimmers, marlins are fast swimmers, reaching speeds of about 80 km/h (50 mph).

Marlin are rarely table fare, appearing mostly in fine restaurants. Most modern sport fishermen release marlin after unhooking.

Welcome to Dare County marlin - Stierch
A taxidermy marlin greets visitors to Dare County, North Carolina.


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