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By Alastair Alexander

A blue marlin. Dead. Bummer.
BUM is the UN Food and Agriculture Organization code for blue marlin.

The blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) feeds on fish and squid. It has a dark blue body with a white underside, and a long bill. It's one of the fastest fishes, capable of reaching something like 50 mph. The largest published weight for one is 820kg, and the longest one was 5 metres. As fish go, it's beautiful. What it ever did to the man who names fish types at the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, we shall never know.

More BUM information: FAO


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