Black marlin image by artist, Ron Pittard
Photos of Huge Black Marlin - page 2 of 3
Below left, Ted Williams and a grander black marlin he caught in 1954 off Cabo Blanco, Peru.  Note (in all these photos) the black marlin's relatively big head; small size of its first dorsal (less than half the maximum body depth); stiff, non-retractable pectoral fins; slightly down-curved bill; and long branchiostegal bones (supporting the membrane below the throat and lower jaw).  These are all distinguishing characteristics of black marlin.  A blue marlin's first dorsal is more than half the width of the body at its maximum; its pectorals can fold flat into groves in its side (for streamlining); its bill turns up slightly; it has short branchiostegals; its head appears smaller than does the black's; and the blue marlin's body appears generally more streamlined. Photo courtesy of www.AntiqueFishingReels.com
Photo of world record black marlin - 976 lbs - New Zealand
Photo of Ted Williams and his black marlin of 1235 lbs - Peru
Photo of black marlin weighing 1386 lbs - Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Above right, Capt. Mitchell, Zane Grey's fishing companion, with his world record black marlin (976 lbs.) caught off New Zealand.  This massive catch held the world record for more than 60 years. Photo courtesy of www.AntiqueFishingReels.com
Left, largest black marlin (of many big granders) taken in 2001 on the Great Barrier Reef.  This massive fish weighed 1,386 lbs.
Photo of the head of a grander black marlin - Australia
Above, this photo shows a grander black marlin also being fought off the Great Barrier Reef.  In it we can see the very small dorsal fin (less than 1/2 its body height), a slightly down curved bill, the stiff (immovable) sickle shaped pectoral fins and the long branchiostegal bones supporting the large flap of skin under its throat that is covering its gills.  A blue marlin's branchiostegals and this flap of skin are less than half as long.
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