Our fishing trip got unbelievably lucky when we encountered this Atlantic Blue Marlin, Makaira nigricans, which duly obliged us by by launching itself into our trolling pattern and providing a first time fisherman in our group with probably the best introduction to fishing ever.
Check out the huge eye above; this is very definitely a visual predator. Its much more than a keen sighted lump though. Billfish like Marlin are up there with the fastest animals on the planet producing massive speeds when needs be. They are also capable of pack hunting and communicate with others using flashing colour changes down their flanks.
Some might question why a diver and conservationist like myself approves of and partakes of big game fishing - the truth is all billfish we catch are released to swim another day. The days of fishermen posing alongside huge dead billfish on the docks are, for the most part, long gone. Whilst some stress is undoubtedly put on the animal, by supporting a sport fishery we are incentivising the protection of these big pelagics from longliners or other commercial fisheries. As with the shark feeds I've mentioned in the past I'd rather these wonderful animals survived with these indignities than were killed off altogether.