Mahi-mahi have a lifespan of no more than 3 to 4 years. Sport catches
average 7 to 13 kg (15 to 25 pounds). Though they can grow to be
up to 45 kg (90 pounds) any Mahi-mahi over 40 pounds is exceptional.
Mahi-mahi have compressed bodies and long dorsal fins extending
almost the entire length of their bodies. Their anal fins are sharply
concave. They are distinguished by dazzling colors: golden on the
sides, bright blues and greens on the sides and back. Mature males
also have prominent foreheads protruding well above the body proper.
When they are removed from the water, the fish often change between
several colors, finally fading to a muted yellow-gray upon death.
Mahi-mahi are carnivorous, feeding on flying fish, crabs, squid,
mackerel, and other small fish. They have also been known to eat
zooplankton, squid, and crustaceans.
Mahi-mahi are highly sought game fish throughout their range because
of their beauty and fighting ability. Their flesh has excellent
flavor and firm texture flavor. Mahi-mahi have become popular restaurant
fare in many areas, sometimes eaten as a substitute for swordfish
because, having scales, they are considered kosher.
One of the fastest-growing fish, thought to live no more than 5
years; swimming speed is estimated at 50 knots; spawns in warm ocean
currents throughout much of the year; young found in sargassum weed;
feeds on flying fish and squid.
All text is available under the terms
of the GNU Free Documentation License