(Image credit: NSW DPI)
Marlins have the distinctive pointed snout or beak. Look for its dark blue grey back covered in dark stripes, approximately 12 to 16, along its flank. While Striped Marlin have been recorded numerous times from the entire Tasmanian East Coast, they only usually show up in years with a strong (and correspondingly warm) East Australian Current. With increasing water temperatures you would expect that these sightings will become more frequent.
Length: Up to 4.2 m
(Previously known as Tetrapturus audax)
Offshore, near islands, seamounts and boundary currents; 5-200 m depth
Log this species if spotted in Tasmanian and Victorian waters
Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.
Redmap species descriptions were based, with permission, on the following books:
Fishes of Australia’s Southern Coast, Edited by M. Gomon. D. Bray and R. Kuiter (2008) Reed Books, Melbourne
Find further information and images at FISHES OF AUSTRALIA http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au/