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Old 08-26-2009, 01:33 AM   #1
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When the dorsal sail ona marlin or sailfish gets torn, does it heal?
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Old 08-26-2009, 01:57 AM   #2
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Old 08-26-2009, 07:23 AM   #3
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Great question and I too have wondered the same thing..
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I do not think that they can heal when the sail has been torn. The sail is still functional as they raise it with the dorsal spine. Not a expert by no means, just my .02
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Old 08-26-2009, 11:14 PM   #6
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No guilt, just curious. That is a cool pic.
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:19 PM   #7
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I can not comment on billfish sails, but I do raise another type of fish. Any time the dorsal fin has been split, it has remained split. I have had some of these fish for 15 years growing them up to 20+ lbs. I have never noticed the tear having any adverse affect on the ability of the fish to swim. These are the dorsal fins of koi, that are much, much shorter than a sail. If these fins won't heal back together, I can't imagine a much taller dorsal fin healing back together.

Just my experience with another type of fish
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:29 PM   #8
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Seems logocal that the same principle would apply.
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Sometimes unplesant things happen when billing a fish. I've often wondered if this one was able to make it in Guatemala.

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I have seen several billfish, mainly sails, that seem perfectly healthy swimming around with their bills broken off, but notat the base. This one in Guatemala had a short bill. Hopefully your fish survived its bill breaking off.
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