The larger species include the Atlantic Blue Marlin, Makaira nigricans,
which have been reliably recorded in excess of 5.0 m in length and
1800 lb (820 kg) in weight, and Black Marlin, Makaira indica, which
have been reliably recorded in excess of 5.0 m in length and 1470
lb (670 kg) in weight. They are popular sporting fishes in certain
tropical areas and are also commercially important as a food fish
A marlin is a primary character in Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man
and the Sea.
Marlin are rarely table fare. Most modern sport fisherman release
marlin after unhooking. Some marlin that are top record setting
fish are taken and weighed on shore. Those records are most often
recorded in the IGFA World Record Game Fishes books.
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