Characteristics of Billfish

December 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

Billfish pic

Billfish
Image: billfish.org

Trained as an attorney at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, John Kai Lassen provides legal guidance to Alpine Global Partners, Ltd., as a partner and lawyer with the green energy development company. Away from his work as a lawyer, Kai Lassen enjoys competing in offshore billfish tournaments.

Billfish are a predatory group of fish that include sailfish, marlin, and spearfish. Within these three varieties of billfish, there are nine species, characterized by their torpedo-shaped bodies and sword-like bills, which they use to stun and slash their prey. Other commonalities among billfish are their stiff, crescent-shaped tails, two small keel fins near the tail, and long, narrow pelvic fins that resemble slivers.

Billfish are highly migratory and can be found worldwide in tropical, sub-tropical, and temperate waters. Extremely strong and fast swimmers, billfish eat almost anything, including their own species. When chasing prey, billfish flare their fins, exposing brilliant highlights and patterns in hues of iridescent blue, green, and purple.

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