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The White Marlin (Tetrapturus albidus) can grow to 2.8m.

IdentificationEdit

Colour: Body, blue/black on the upper side. Silver/white and brown on the sides and usual no blotches or marks but there may be 15+ rows of obscure white stripes. Two dorsal fins, the first dark blue with lots of black pots an the second dark blue.

BreedingEdit

Very little known although egg dispersal and believed once a year in subtropical waters

HabitatEdit

An ocean species preferring moving water currents of between 0.5 and 2 knots. Has a water temperature requirement of 22ºC and a depth preference of 100m

FoodEdit

In Atlantic waters this appears to be Herring and Squid

RangeEdit

In the Eastern Atlantic from the northern coast of France down to the Cape of Good Hope

Additional NotesEdit

Although none have been caught on rod and line in British Waters two specimens have been washed ashore in Morecombe Bay, in 1860 and 1983.

Extremely rare vagrant to UK Waters.

ReferencesEdit

The Aquarium Project

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