[Coral-List] age of the new blue marlin World record !!!

Michaël RARD Michael.Rard at univ-reunion.fr
Fri Oct 31 00:40:07 EST 2003

Dear all,

Here in Reunion Island (Indian Ocean) in October 2003, the 12th, during a big game fishing challenge was catched the new Blue Marlin (Makaira mazara) woman world record !

The titanesque fight was during 3h30 with a 130 lbs nylon line.
This blue marlin shows a huge weight as 551 kg for a total lengh of 4.41 m (4.17 m to the tail foark) !!!

I have kept some 3 vertebral elements (vertebras), some parts of the skin, with their thick scales. All elements are conserved in a fridge (-18°C)

I want to determine the age of this exceptionnal animal, therefore I contact you to know how can I do, if you know persons who can help me and if any of you know how to determine the age of this type of fish. Apparently, I think we cannot determine the age with its scales because they are very thick and without growth scratches.

Many thanks for your help.
Best regards.
                          Michaël RARD
Laboratoire d'Ecologie Marine, Université de La Réunion
   97715 Saint Denis messag CEDEX 9, France
Tel : (262) 262-93-81-57, Fax : (262) 262-93-86-85

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