Monday, January 3, 2011

Dolphin Fish

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The Dolphin Fish, sometimes known as Mahi-Mahi, live in tropical and subtropical oceans around the world. They are pelagic, and are oftentimes found underneath floating materials, including boats. In the Atlantic, Sargassum algae helps to protect juveniles of the species. Dolphin Fish are identified by their striking gold, blue, and green coloration, and by their blunt heads and long dorsal fin.

Dolphin Fish (Coryphaena hippurus) grow large, and they grow fast. Adults can reach lengths of 6ft (2m) and weigh up to 30lbs (14kg). However, they have a  relatively short life span, seldom exceeding five years. They reach maturity after 4-5 months, and are prolific spawners. During the breeding season they will spawn multiple times, with females producing up to 60,000 eggs per time.

Dolphin Fish are carnivorous predators, and they use their speed (up to 50knots) to capture and consume prey. They hunt in pairs or in small groups, and consume small fish, juveniles of larger fish species, and invertebrates.

Dolphin Fish populations are stable, and Atlantic caught fish are listed as a best choice by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch.

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