Dolphin Fish

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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Coryphaena hippurus, is not to be confused with the dolphin, which is a marine mammal. The dolphin fish is found all round the world in tropical and semi-tropical seas, but nowhere, with the possible exception of the waters round malta, in the quantities desired. It may attain a length of 1.5 m (5') and is a remarkably handsome fish, but its iridescent colours of blue-green, silver, and gold fade rapidly once it is taken from the water.

It has the habit of swimming in small shoals around patches of flotsam, or floating logs, and is attracted by rafts or drifting boats. It eats other fish.