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spear·fish 1

n. pl. spearfish or spear·fish·es
Any of several large marine game fishes of the genus Tetrapturus that have the upper jaw elongated into a spearlike projection and are somewhat smaller than the related marlins.

spear·fish 2

intr.v. spear·fished, spear·fish·ing, spear·fish·es
To fish with a spear, spearlike implement, or spear gun.

spear′fish′er n.
spear′fish′ing n.


n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) another name for marlin
[so named because of its long pointed jaw]



n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es, n.
1. any of several large game fishes with a bill-like snout, esp. a marlin of the genus Tetrapturus, and sometimes including sailfish.
2. to fish underwater using a spearlike implement.
[1880–85, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spearfish - any of several large vigorous pelagic fishes resembling sailfishes but with first dorsal fin much reducedspearfish - any of several large vigorous pelagic fishes resembling sailfishes but with first dorsal fin much reduced; worldwide but rare
billfish - giant warm-water game fish having a prolonged and rounded toothless upper jaw
genus Tetrapturus, Tetrapturus - a genus of Istiophoridae
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Originally from Siasi, Sulu, the spearfisher has spent most of his life in Davao City and has lived off the bounties of the waters off the Davao Gulf.
A recreational diver and spearfisher, Faletti ran the FWC Lionfish Outreach program from 2014-2016.
In February a spearfisher was badly mauled by either a bull shark or a tiger shark in northern Queensland leaving him in a serious condition.
"Besides Kimi being an amazing free diver and spearfisher, what stands out the most is her authenticity," says Mark Healey, a famed Hawaiian surfer and fellow spearfisher.
Taylor was a champion spearfisher before he decided not to kill marine animals any more, opting to "hunt with a camera" instead.
Survey information Porch and Eklund (2004) have developed relative indices of abundance from two visual surveys: the personal observations of a professional spearfisher (DeMaria (7)) and a volunteer fish-monitoring program administered by the Reef Education and Environmental Foundation (REEF 2000).
Her fiance, Justin Baker, an accomplished spearfisher himself, related how when they first started spearing together, she dove to get a shot on a snapper which had put at least 15 feet of distance between itself and Stacey.
hebraicurn of this length class were caught by an experienced spearfisher while diving over low-lying reefs with rock ledges <30 cm high.
An avid fisherman, diver and spearfisher, Rustemier is currently president of the Gainesville Offshore Fishing Club.
"The abundance is going down where we've been looking." He also said spearfishers and scientists were noticing ulcers on lionfish.
Also, 18 of the species reported here were also targeted by spearfishers in the state of Bahia (Costa-Nunes et al., 2012).