Mahi-mahi (also known as common dolphinfish) is typically found hanging around the surface of the water. They are ray-finned fish, which means their fins are made of webs of skin supported by spines. Mahi-mahi are typically found in tropical and temperate waters, and they belong to the same family as the pompano dolphinfish. Their name is derived from the Hawaiian word for “very strong”.

While we call them mahi-mahi, the name of the fish tends to vary based on the language. Besides mahi-mahi, it also goes by the names of maverikos, dorado, rakingo, lampuga, and plenty more. If that weren’t confusing enough, these fish are not related to dolphins despite being called dolphinfish.

To identify male and female mahi-mahi, just take a look at their heads. Male fish have a forehead significantly protruding from their body while females have a more rounded head and are generally smaller than males. Collectively, these fish are known for their vivid array of colors, from gold on the sides to the iridescent blue of the pectoral fins. They have a lifespan of about five years.

Mahi-mahi is incredibly popular when it comes to activities like sport fishing Miami, largely due to their size, food quality, and their natural beauty. They can be found hanging out near floating debris or fish buoys. Wherever frigatebirds happen to be, chances are there also mahi-mahi lurking nearby as frigatebirds frequently dive for food near them. The United States and countries in the Caribbean are considered the primary consumers of mahi-mahi.