The mahi mahi (Coryphaena hippurus), is also known as dolphin, common dolphin-fish, dorado, dorado maverikos, or lampuki (in Maltese). The name means "strong-strong" in Hawaiian,and was adopted to avoid confusing these fish with dolphins, which are mammals. They can be found worldwide in tropical and subtropical waters. They are one of only two members of the Coryphaenidae family, the other being the Pompano dolphinfish.
It is rare to see these fish grow over 15 kg (33 pounds), and anything over 18 kg (39 pounds) is exceptional. They behold dazzling colors: golden on the sides, bright blues and greens on the sides and back. Mature males or bulls have squared foreheads protruding well above the body. Females or cows have a rounded head. The males and female have similar shaped bodies except for their heads. Females are usually smaller than the males.
When they are removed from the water, the fish often change between several colors (this being the reason for their name in Spanish: Dorado Maverikos), finally fading to a muted yellow-grey upon death.
This fish grows very quickly but they doesn't live much longer than three or four years. They swim very quickly with speeds of around 50 knots.
Dolphin-fish are carnivorous, feeding on flying fish, crabs, squid, mackerel, and other small fish. They have also been known to eat zooplankton and crusaceans.
It is an extremely popular eating fish and can be found in many restaurants, especially in the US.
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