August 5, 2015: Help us decide if this is a White Marlin with a short bill(ITB Editor call) or possibly a very large Spearfish or even a Round Scale. The images were sent in by Justin Quattlebaum with some great photography. Just called the fish a short bill spearfish after releasing it in the Baltimore Canyon this past weekend. We thought we would let you our expert readers help Justin decide what exactly this billfish is.
On of our colleague’s Sam “The Man” White says “That’s an interesting looking critter. I was almost positive it was a white marlin until that last shot or two. Still not sure I’d be confident calling it a spearfish unless he had a photo of the fish’s vent, it’s the only way to be 100 percent sure.”
So White Marlin with a deformed/short bill, a “hatchet marlin”/roundscale spearfish or a world record shortbill spearfish?