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The sailfish is native to warm waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. Sailfish are blue to grey in color. They normally grow to be 6 to 8 feet in length, but can grow up to 10 feet in length. The name sailfish comes from its dorsal fin that stretches along its entire back. This dorsal fin can be raised and lowered like a sail. The dorsal fin may be raised when the sailfish feels threatened or excited, making the fish appear much larger than it actually is. Sailfish are very popular among sport fisherman. Overfishing has resulted in a noticeable decline in their population. Many people who fish for them now "catch and release," letting them go after they are caught. Play the following videos to learn more about the sailfish.

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