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Mahi FishingThe mahi-mahi (in Hawaiian) (Coryphaena hippurus) has bright turquiose, green and yellow patterns, which fade almost immediately upon death. This species may be distinguished from the pompano dolphin by its 55-66 dorsal fin rays, and a very wide and square tooth patch on the tongue. They are fast growing, prolific and have a short life span (around 5 years). Average lengths for males and females ranges from 34 to 55 inches. Males grow much faster and usually live longer than females do.

Mahi Feeding Habits

Dolphin are attracted to Sargassum, a floating brown alga, which serves as a hiding place and source of food. Other sources of food associated with the Sargassum include small fish, crabs, and shrimp. Dolphin may also pursue fast -swimming fish, such as flying fish or mackerels.

Mahi Reproduction

The spawning season varies with latitude. Dolphin collected in the Florida Current spawned from November through July, and those collected from the Gulf Stream near North Carolina were reproductively active during June and July. Small females may spawn 240 thousand pelagic eggs, and fish larger than 43 inches may spawn several million.

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