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This marlin bit off more than it could chew off the coast of Angola. This is the floating load hose on the FPSO Girassol; the marlin caused the loading operation to shut down for a few days while the hose was replaced. The loading hose is approximately 24″ in diameter and the terminal produces about 250k barrels of oil a day.

Ever tried cutting through a car tyre? Try to imagine the immense turn of speed this fish had to work up in order to bury itself up to the hilt in material may times a tyre’s density and thickness! Sadly the marlin was not able to be released alive as it was too firmly lodged in place. The marlin was cut from its bill, which was still not able to be dislodged, and the entire section of hose was removed.

Source: Snopes

Congratulations, you can now differentiate between a baby sailfish (top) and a baby marlin (bottom)!

Source: iFISH

Photo submitted to the Lost Newcastle Facebook page by M. Mckean with the caption: “Marlin tied on to the front of cars and being taken to the ice works, prior to being sent to the Australian Museum. Shoal Bay. Date unknown.  From the archives of Athel D’Obrain, Newcastle University.  I love the guy strapping in his Marlin in the background.  Is there a better fishing photo than this ?”

Interesting comments from other locals:

K. Davey: “I imagine that this might be Athol’s car, since he isn’t in the shot. If it was someone else’s car, the fisherman would surely have been included in the shot.”
P. Hall: “I reckon early 50’s…”
T. Durrance: ” I think Athel landed the 1st black marlin off the bay in 1938 or 39 there is a plaque in Shoal Bay. Then marlin fishing stopped throughout the war yeas and did not really come back until the late 50’s.”
S. Shelley: ” Darks Ice Works on Wharf Road, another memory of Newcastle.  My dad delighted in calling it Dikes Arse Works ( he was wicked).”
T. Durrance: “My grandfather had a room in the ice works for putting in his marlin and other fish caught .Granddad fished the bay throughout the 1950’s & 60’s a foundation member of the Newcastle Port Stephens Game fishing club.”
A. Hodge: “The car is a1939 V8 Mercury”
T. Durrance: “It was how they studied nature back then that Black Marlin would be close to 2yrs old and about 70kg”… ” It wasn’t until the 1970’s that we started the world first tagging program of game fish. I think it is fair to say that most of these smaller marlin would have been eaten as they are pretty good on the plate”

Source: Lost Newcastle Facebook page

A 4.4m blue marlin that washed ashore at Little Beach, east of Albany, overnight on Tuesday may be the largest ever recorded in Australia.

The female fish is expected to crack the fisherman’s legendary 1000-pound mark — or 454kg — according to Department of Fisheries officers who removed the fish on Wednesday morning.

Fisheries regional manager Kevin Donohue said blue marlin very rarely wash up in the Albany region as the area was the southern extremity of the fish’s distribution.

“It would be a big deal, it would be the first time a marlin that size has been recorded in WA,” he said.

“The previous largest was a 330kg blue marlin recorded in Exmouth by a game fisherman.”

Mr Donohue said Fisheries officers worked quickly on Wednesday to remove the blue marlin.

“With the decay, there is potential to attract sharks which would endanger any users entering the water,” he said.

As there is no car access to Little Beach, two officers pushed the fish into the water, while another two officers brought a boat around from Two Peoples Bay boat ramp to load the creature.

A woman fishing from the rocks on Tuesday night reported the distressed blue marlin swimming in the cove.

The WA Museum is interested in studying the fish.

The world record for a blue marlin is 624kg, in Hawaii, while the Australian record is 452.2kg, for a fish caught in Batemans Bay NSW.

Source: The West Australian

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