When is a Dolphin not a Dolphin?

Dolphin or Dolphinfish?

Wow, there are so many types of fish in the Gulf that some even have the same name. When is a dolphin not a dolphin? When it’s a dolphinfish of course! There are two species of dolphinfish that exist. The common dolphinfish and the pompano dolphinfish. These are water-breathing fish, distantly related to perch. This is unlike the Dolphins we see all the time on our tours. Those are mammals and breathe air.

Pompano Dolphinfish

Pompano Dolphinfish
The pompano dolphinfish is quite often mistaken for a juvenile common dolphinfish also known as mahi-mahi. Pompano dolphinfish are popular as a game fish and are often eaten as a substitute for swordfish because of their firm texture and sweet flavor. They mainly feed on smaller fish and squid and normally have a life span of 3-4 years. On its back it has brilliant blue-green coloring, and on their sides is a silvery-golden color that is unmistakable.

Common Dolphinfish

The common dolphinfish or mahi-mahi are among some of the fastest-growing fish. Their young are commonly found in seaweed. Mahi-mahi generally feed on flying fish, crabs, squid, mackerel, and other forage fish, zooplankton and crustaceans. They can’t be missed for there beautiful colors, golden on the sides, and bright blues and greens on the sides and back. Mahi-Mahi are highly sought after due to their beauty, size, food quality, and large population. Mahi-mahi are popular in many Florida restaurants.

Next time you come to Florida make sure you come on over to Bay Point Water Sports to rent a Pontoon Boat to go out fishing for dolphin but not the flipper kind but mahi-mahi. What better way to spend the day with your friends than fishing in the beautiful Gulf Waters and catching some amazing fish that you can take home and have for supper with your friends and family. You might be the next one to tell the “One that got away” story at all your future family reunions. Or have an amazing story of the “Biggest Fish” you ever caught. Anyway you tell it, there will always be a great story to tell when you go fishing in the amazing waters of the Gulf.

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