Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)


The Dolphin Fish, commonly known ⁣as Mahi Mahi, is ⁣a vibrant and colorful fish species belonging‍ to the family ⁢ Coryphaenidae. Offering​ both great sport and culinary delights, they are ⁣a favorite among anglers and gourmets ⁢worldwide.

Conservation Status

The Mahi Mahi is considered⁤ of least concern according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), as‌ it reproduces quickly and abundantly. Conservation efforts primarily focus on ensuring responsible and sustainable fishing practices​ to avoid overfishing, juvenile capture, and bycatch.


| Property          | Average | Range         |
| Length            | 3 ft    | 1 - 6 ft      |
| Weight            | 29 lbs  | 15 - 88 lbs   |
| Lifespan          | 5 years | 4 - 7 years   |

Mahi⁣ Mahi ⁣are fast swimmers,⁣ reaching speeds ⁣up to 57 miles per ‌hour.


Mahi Mahi can be found in the warm, tropical, and subtropical waters worldwide, although they are most commonly ⁢found in⁢ the Caribbean, Pacific, and the​ Gulf of Mexico. ​They are pelagic fish, living near the water’s surface, and ‍their migratory patterns are primarily influenced by the season and water temperature.


Mahi Mahi prefer waters with​ temperatures ‌ranging between⁢ 68 – 86°F⁣ (20 – 30°C). They are adapted to​ ocean water and are​ commonly found at⁤ depths ⁤of up to 262⁢ feet (80 meters), ⁢though they may⁣ venture deeper.

When ⁢and Where to See

Mahi Mahi can often be spotted from late spring through early fall, especially around mid-summer. Typically, they are most active during daylight hours.

Best Fishing Locations

Mahi Mahi can be found in many parts of the world, but some top fishing locations include:

1. Florida Keys, United States
2. Gulf of Mexico, United States
3. Baja California, ​Mexico
4. Costa Rica
5. Dominican Republic
6. Kona, Hawaii
7. Western Australia
8. Canary Islands, Spain
9. Panama

General tips for finding Mahi Mahi include⁣ searching for floating debris or seaweed lines, as these fish⁢ are known to associate with⁢ flotsam.

How⁣ to Catch

The best baits for catching Mahi Mahi include live or cut‍ baitfish and squid. Fishing techniques like⁣ trolling ‍with‌ artificial lures or fly fishing​ are often the most successful. The⁤ best‌ seasons⁢ for ‌fishing are⁤ from spring ‍to fall, ⁣while ⁢the most active time of day‌ is generally during daylight hours.

Identification Guide

Mahi Mahi​ are easily identifiable by their vibrant⁣ colors, which⁤ can change when the fish is excited or agitated. They have​ a compressed body shape⁤ and a long dorsal fin⁢ that extends nearly the entire length of their body. Male Mahi Mahi, or bulls, have prominent foreheads, while females, or cows, have ​a more rounded head.

Culinary Profile

Mahi Mahi is renowned for its firm, white meat‌ with a mildly sweet flavor, suitable ⁢for ⁣grilling, baking, sautéing, and pan-frying. It is a ⁣lean source of protein and contains several ‌important nutrients, including Vitamin B5, Potassium, and Selenium.

Additional Information

Mahi Mahi ⁢are carnivorous,⁢ feeding on flying fish, crabs, squid, and mackerel. They are‍ known for their⁢ acrobatic fights when hooked, often leaping out of​ the water. ​Predators⁣ include larger fish species like Marlin and ⁢also humans.⁣ They also⁢ feature in the folklore of⁤ Pacific cultures, where⁤ they symbolize prosperity and abundance.

References ⁤and Further Reading

For more detailed information on the Mahi Mahi, consider the following sources:

– National Geographic Guide to Fishes
– Mahi Mahi -‍ Florida Fish and‍ Wildlife Conservation Commission (
– IUCN Red List – Mahi Mahi (