Atlantic blue marlin larva (Makaira nigricans) In one spawning, the female blue marlin may release up to 7 million eggs, each approximately in diameter. The planktonic young may drift in the pelagic zone and may grow as much as to in a day.
Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans) / Artist: Ian Coleman
Marlin species include the Atlantic blue marlin (Makaira nigricans), black marlin (Makaira indica, Indo-Pacific blue marlin (Makaira mazara), striped marlin (Tetrapturus audax) and white marlin (Tetrapturus albidus.
The record for Atlantic Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans) has the distinction of being set on a Leap Day. On Feburary 29, 1992, after an 80 minute battle, Paulo Amorim landed a whopper off the coast of Vitória, Brazil that weighed in at 1,402 pounds. This beat the old record by an impressive 120 pounds.