Facts for BILLFISH ANGLERS
First of all, what is a billfish? Billfish, such as marlin, sailfish, and swordfish are open ocean predators that have a bill or sword above their mouth used for catching prey. They are some of the largest, fastest, and most unique fish in the world and are some of fishermen's favorite fish to catch. Billfish can be found throughout the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans.
After a female releases her eggs in the surface waters of the open ocean, billfish hatch as small larvae. Once fully grown, the average billfish can weigh anywhere between 75 and 300 pounds - depending on the species. Blue marlin are the largest species of all billfish and grow to over 14 feet and weigh up to 2.000 pounds. That's as heavy as a car! The average lifespan of most billfish is around 25 years.
Courtesy of Billfish Foundation (Spearfish Issues 25)
Printable courtesy of @NOAA
Printable courtesy of @NOAA
LEARN the more you know about the oceans and marine life, the better you can help. Read books, visit marine rehab facilities and ask questions.
NEVER THROW PLASTIC IN THE OCEAN it can kill fish, sea turtles and birds or cause them to get sick. Plastic does not dissolve and can last over 100 years. It pollutes our oceans and reefs and causes harm to sea animals. Always recycle plastic and used fishing tackle and line in the proper way.
ORGANIZE A BEACH CLEAN UP grab a friend or family member and go for a walk on the beach with a trash bag and pick up plastic so it doesn't wash back into the ocean. Remember, anything your bring to the beach, should always be taken back with you or put in the proper trash or recycle bins.
GET A REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE this is the best and easiest way to keep plastic away for our oceans and animals an insuring they are safe from harm.
MINIMIZE AIR EXPOSURE
ELIMINATE CONTACT WITH DRY SURFACES
HOLD FISH OVER THE WATER
PHOTOGRAPH WET FISH
CAREFULLY REVIVE FISH
CARRY HOOK REMOVAL DEVICES
To learn more about Turtles and how you can help protect them, visit our friends at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center below!
SAVE THE MANATEES
West Indian manatees are large, gray aquatic mammals with bodies that taper to a flat, paddle-shaped tail. They have two forelimbs, called flippers, with three to four nails on each flipper. Their head and face are wrinkled with whiskers on the snout. The manatee’s closest relatives are the elephant and the hyrax (a small, gopher-sized mammal). Manatees are believed to have evolved from a wading, plant-eating animal. The West Indian manatee is related to the West African manatee, the Amazonian manatee, the dugong, and Steller’s sea cow, which was hunted to extinction in 1768. The average adult manatee is about 10 feet long and weighs between 800 and 1,200 pounds.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE: BECOME INVOLVED AND HELP IMPROVE THE WORLD!
DID YOU KNOW...
Feeding Wild Dolphins is harmful and illegal
Bottlenose Dolphins are 7-9 feet long
Dolphins generally live 23 years
Guy Harvey Original - "Nosin' Around" used with permission from Guy Harvey
In 2008, world renowned artist, biologist, angler, conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey, established the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) to increase Guy’s capabilities for funding scientific research and to help create educational curricula aimed at conserving the marine environment. The GHOF will help ensure that future generations can enjoy and benefit from a naturally balanced ocean ecosystem.
To learn more about the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, and how you can help, please visit: here