Related to swordfish and marlin, sailfish is a common name for a sport fish that belongs Istiophoridae family. Its full scientific name is Istophorus Platypterus, which describes its high and wide dorsal fin that resembles a sail. Sailfish have a lifespan of about 4 years, and reproduce all year round. Females can lay up to 50,000 eggs in just one year.
While a sailfish can max out at 10 feet in length, the average sailfish is about six feet long. The maximum weight for a sailfish tops out at around 220 pounds. Sailfish are the fastest marine predator on earth, they can reach a top speed of 68 miles per hour. Their long flexible, and powerful bodies helps them quickly circle and confuse schools of fish until some easily fall victim to the sailfish. Sailfish will eat fish, crustaceans, octopus, and squid; sardine and anchovies are the staples of a sailfish die