Species: Istiophorus platypterus (Shaw, 1792) - sailfish
Tips for Identifying: First the BAM then the FAD.
Weighs up to 100.2 kg (~221 lb) (IGFA, 2001).
Length up to 3.48 m (~11.4 ft) (IGFA, 2001). Common length is 2.7 m (~ 8.9 ft) (Nakamura, 1995).
Spots of markings on first dorsal fin. Pale blue vertical barring on sides.
Elongate snout. Subterminal mouth. Snout longer than of the closely related spearfishes.
Of all billfishes, the sailfish has the highest, most pronounced first dorsal fin that often has spotting or markings. Two anal fins. Lunate caudal fin.
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