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White Marlin

Detailed Information on the White Marlin







White Marlin: Tetrapterus albidus

Appearance:

color of body dark blue to chocolate brown, shading to silvery white underbelly; noticeable spots on dorsal fin; upper jaw elongated in shape of spear; body covered with embedded scales with a single sharp point; tips of first dorsal, pectoral, and first anal fins rounded; lateral line curved above pectoral fin, then going in straight line to base of tail.

Habitat:

OFFSHORE, a blue water fish.

Behavior:

uses its bill to stun fast-moving fishes, then turns to consume them; spawning procedures unknown; ranges throughout the Atlantic and Caribbean; feeds on squid and pelagic fishes

State Record:

161 lb, caught near Miami Beach

Bob and Karen Weaver got the fish charter of a lifetime when they caught (and released!), what the IGFA and TBF are saying is the first ever ‘all white’ blue marlin ever caught on film.

The rare fish was caught off the coast of Los Sueños, Costa Rica while on board the Spanish Fly, a chartered fishing boat through Maverick Yachts and Sportfishing Charters. The boat was captained by Juan Carlos Fallas Zamora with mates Carlos Pollo Espinoza Jimenez and Roberto Chelato Salinas Hernandez.

According to the IGFA (International Game Fish Association), the shape and size of the marlin’s dorsal and pectoral fins are clear indications that it’s a blue marlin.

While it was first described as an albino, many are saying that is actually leucistic, which is often confused with albinism. Unlike albinism, leucism is caused by a reduction in all types of skin pigment, not just melanin.

A further difference between albinism and leucism is in eye colour. Due to the lack of melanin production in both the retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE) and iris, albinos typically have red eyes due to the underlying blood vessels showing through. In contrast, most leucistic animals have normally coloured eyes, such as this particular marlin. [source]

Ultimately it was Karen Weaver who reeled the billfish in after a 90-minute fight. Later, it was safely released back into the ocean by the crew.

This is the World’s First ‘All White’ Blue Marlin Ever Caught on Film.

Here are photos of a rare white marlin caught off Costa Rica's Pacific coast

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