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Blue Marlin in Madeiran waters are being followed by Space Objects.

No, not by UFO’s, rather by satellite. this is part of a scientific study undertaken by American Academia and Blue Marlin Enthusiast Sponsorship.

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A rusty old picture from our “X”-files. Barbara block exhibits the harpoon that implants the device into the Marlin.

Barbara Block, from the University of   Stanford and Charles Farwell, from the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, are a team of 5 researchers that will investigate this billfish in our waters. The sponsor for the research is Stewart Campbell, a director of a billfish foundation, and aa frquent visitor to these waters for nearly over 4 decades.

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Bill fish is a generic group of fish that bear a horn or bill on the forward end of the fish. The marlin is the most characteristic of this species. The Blue Marlin is the biggest species of fish on this planet. Don't make the mistake like Carla (6 years old) who said that whales are the biggest. Whales are mammals not fish. Now why did I have to tell you this ?

Seriously now, the researchers intend to capture some of these great beasts and insert in them a sonar device. They will, ofcourse, return these animals to the waters.  But not to lose them. No, these beasts will be constantly monitored by the researchers. Their migration patterns will be followed by, lo and behold, satellites. And you thought satellites was just for telephones and television.Now when "Raimundi", the name given to one of the biggest Marlin ever seen - you know the one that nearly got caught by whatsisname..., shows his/her snout upon the wide expanse of the Atlantic your friendly satellite will receive a signal from the transmitter and plot the coordinates accordingly.

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One of the researchers demonstrating how it is done...

 This transmitter is a small device - a microprocessor chip, a battery and an antenna. This is introduced into the body of the fish in such a way that when it cannot transmit above the surface of the water it will continue registering the water temperature underwater. One of the motifs for studying the animal is its compliance to follow the currents that best hold temperatures comfortable to them. A study of the marlins adventures is also revealing of the ocean currents, and the direction of food that it follows. It must be noted that similar studies were undertaken on tuna a while back.
Some of the volunteer blue marlin will find that a DNA sample will have been taken from them: to determine their diet. And some will have to put up with having not just one sonar transmitter, but two, to hit the road with: this is to double the data that will be received if only one device were installed. When the devices have expended themselves they are programmed to release themselves off the fish. The fish should not fell a thing, nor suffer any allergies while the robotic parasite clings for dear life: it is encase in a titanium shell.
This is, apparently, the first type of research of its kind. And Madeira was chosen, according to Stewart Cambell, precisely because of the consistency and size of the blue marlin. The marlin have to be more than 200 Kg's to qualify. And they need at least 20 of these brutes to complete this years research. It will take about two months of hard fishing and angling to get this target. After this the scientists will return next year and repeat the whole affair, except with a more sophisticated device that will permit constant monitoring of the marlin, and not only when the cheeky Raimundi decides to show its face above water. Well, wherefore the expensive research ? Does it not take away  some of the sport if we know exactly where Raimundi is ?  Isn't it more rewarding to discover than to know beforehand where that huge grander of a beast is ? Well, if you do catch Raimundi contact us - we wanna see, please.

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