Description: Color of body dark blue to chocolate brown, shading to slivery white underbelly; noticeable sports on dorsal fin; upper jaw elongated in shape of a spear; body covered with imbedded scales with a single sharp point; tips of first dorsal, pectoral, and first anal fins rounded; lateral line curved above pectoral fin then going straight line to base of tail.
Similiar Fish: Blue marlin, M. nigricans.
Where Found: Offshore, a bluewater fish.
Size: Common to 8 feet.
Remarks: Uses its bill to stun fast-moving fishes, then turns to consume them; spawning procedures unknown; ranges throughtout the Atlantic and Caribbean; feeds on squid and pelagic fishes.
Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles