What fish is mahi-mahi?
If you have ever been on a beach vacation, chances are that you have seen mahi-mahi.
Mahi-mahi is a type of fish that is found in the ocean.
It has many different names depending on which region of the world it’s from!
In Hawaii, for example, they call this fish “dolphin.”
Spain, on the other hand, calls it “dorado,” while in Mexico it is called “dorada.”
In Japan, this fish goes by its scientific name: Coryphaena hippurus.
You can also find them under these Spanish or Hawaiian names: Atún rojo (red tuna), Pescado totoaba (Totoaba Fish), and Cachama de agua dulce (freshwater bass).
What is Mahi-mahi?
Mahi-mahi is a type of saltwater fish that belongs to the Coryphaenidae family.
They can reach weights of up to 150 pounds and lengths of four feet.
This makes them one of the larger saltwater fish in the world.
Mahi-mahi has a smooth, dark blue body with silver sides and a bright yellow stripe that runs from the head to the tail.
They have a mouth full of sharp, narrow teeth and their dorsal fin is large with long rays.
Mahi-mahi is a predatory fish that feeds on small fish, squid, and crustaceans.
They are known to the school, but they tend to be more solitary hunters.
They are one of the fastest fish in the ocean, able to reach speeds of up to fifty miles per hour.
Where Can You Find Mahi-mahis?
Mahi-mahis’ habitat is tropical and subtropical waters around the world.
They can be found in waters that are between six and thirty-six feet deep, but they tend to stay within a few hundred yards of the shore.
In fact, they are often found near the surface of the water where they feed because their food source tends to be there.
Mahi-mahis’ coloration is most vibrant when they are young and their colors start to fade after two years.
However, you can still identify mahi-mahi by its shape and size, even if it’s not as colorful.
Mahi-mahis are mostly solitary fish, but they will school with others of their kind during mating season.
They spawn near the surface of the water in an event that can be quite a sight!
After spawning, the female will release her eggs and the male will fertilize them.
Then, they will both leave the eggs and go away.
The fertilized eggs hatch within a day or two and after just three days, baby mahi-mahis are already swimming around.
Mahi-mahi can live up to ten years in the wild, but they usually don’t reach that age.
They are commonly caught by accident in nets set for other fish and they are also popular targets of sport fishermen.
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