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The Atlantic blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) is a species of marlin endemic to the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic blue marlin (hereafter, blue marlin) feeds on a wide variety of organisms near the surface. It uses its bill to stun, injure, or kill while knifing through a school of fish or other prey, then returns to eat the injured or stunned fish. Marlin is a popular game fish. The relatively high fat content of its meat makes it commercially valuable in certain markets. It is the national fish of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and is thus featured on its Coat of Arms.

Blue marlin are distributed throughout the tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. A bluewater fish that spends the majority of its life in the open sea far from land,<ref name=zoo> {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=citation }}.</ref> the blue marlin preys on a wide variety of marine organisms, mostly near the surface, often using its bill to stun or injure its preys.

Females can grow up to four times the weight of males. The maximum published weight is {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} and length {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}}.<ref name=fishbase>Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Makaira nigricans" in FishBase. August 2013 version.</ref>

Adult blue marlin have few predators apart from man. They are sought after as a highly prized game fish by anglers and are taken by commercial fishermen, both as a directed catch and as bycatch in major industrial tuna fisheries. Blue marlin are currently considered a threatened species by the IUCN due to overfishing.<ref name=IUCN/>

Some other historic English names for the blue marlin are Cuban black marlin, ocean gar, and ocean guard.<ref name=marlin> {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=citation }}</ref>


Atlantic blue marlin sections
Intro  Taxonomy and naming  Description  Range and migration   Predators and parasites   Lifecycle  Economic importance   Conservation    In popular culture   See also   Notes   References  

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The Atlantic blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) is a species of marlin endemic to the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic blue marlin (hereafter, blue marlin) feeds on a wide variety of organisms near the surface. It uses its bill to stun, injure, or kill while knifing through a school of fish or other prey, then returns to eat the injured or stunned fish. Marlin is a popular game fish. The relatively high fat content of its meat makes it commercially valuable in certain markets. It is the national fish of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and is thus featured on its Coat of Arms.

Blue marlin are distributed throughout the tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. A bluewater fish that spends the majority of its life in the open sea far from land,<ref name=zoo> {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=citation }}.</ref> the blue marlin preys on a wide variety of marine organisms, mostly near the surface, often using its bill to stun or injure its preys.

Females can grow up to four times the weight of males. The maximum published weight is {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} and length {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}}.<ref name=fishbase>Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Makaira nigricans" in FishBase. August 2013 version.</ref>

Adult blue marlin have few predators apart from man. They are sought after as a highly prized game fish by anglers and are taken by commercial fishermen, both as a directed catch and as bycatch in major industrial tuna fisheries. Blue marlin are currently considered a threatened species by the IUCN due to overfishing.<ref name=IUCN/>

Some other historic English names for the blue marlin are Cuban black marlin, ocean gar, and ocean guard.<ref name=marlin> {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=citation }}</ref>


Atlantic blue marlin sections
Intro  Taxonomy and naming  Description  Range and migration   Predators and parasites   Lifecycle  Economic importance   Conservation    In popular culture   See also   Notes   References  

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