blue marlin


: a very large marlin (Makaira nigricans) of the Atlantic Ocean that is blue above and silvery white below, may reach a length of 14 feet (4.3 meters) and a weight of one ton (907 kilograms), and is often valued as a sport fish

Examples of blue marlin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scooter Anderson of Houston, Texas, caught a 1,145 pound blue marlin on October 18 that should crush the Alabama state record for the species and may be a record for the Gulf of Mexico as well. Steven Hill, Field & Stream, 26 Oct. 2023 The current state record blue marlin was reeled in by Ginger Myers in 2020 and weighed 851.9 pounds, nearly 300 pounds lighter than Anderson’s catch. Steven Hill, Field & Stream, 26 Oct. 2023 Though one species, the Atlantic blue marlin, may gain 5 percent to 8 percent suitable habitat, most species could lose around 40 percent of their habitat, with Atlantic bluefin tuna and shortfin mako shark potentially losing upward of 60 percent, according to the study. Sarah Raza,, 9 Aug. 2023 Three boats managed to land blue marlins that day, though only one weighed more than the minimum 400 pounds. Brandon Sneed, New York Times, 10 July 2023 On a trip the week before, Greene said a blue marlin was hooked and eventually died before it could be released. David Rainer Alabama Department Of Conservation and Natural Resources, al, 26 Jan. 2023 McCoy, who has caught about 15 blue marlins in his life, said the marlin probably had a heart attack and died. Brandon Sneed, New York Times, 10 July 2023 Fishing crew misses out on $3 million prize after 619-pound blue marlin disqualified because of 'mutilation' Sensation would have won $3.5 million for the catch, including over $700,000 for the first boat to catch a marlin weighing over 500 pounds. Eric Levenson, CNN, 20 June 2023 The team, called Sensation, had competed alongside more than 200 other groups in the the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament on Sunday, and their catch — a blue marlin weighing 619.4 pounds — would have won prize money totalling about $3.5 million. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 20 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blue marlin was in 1937

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“Blue marlin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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