Saturday, February 25, 2012

Miami Dolphin

Sorry if you are confused. I am not talking about the Miami professional football team. They are the "Miami Dolphins," and they are NOT this fish. The fish you see here is in the Mariner Seafood in South Miami. It is on Red Road (SW 57thh Avenue) just a block south of Sunset Drive. If you want to have excellent fresh stone crab or fresh fish and you live in Miami, you must come here. Now about the fish you see, its common English name of dolphin causes much confusion. Kids, when they are told to eat dolphin, they all think they are asked to eat "Flipper" and they would refuse to do so. This fish is not related to the marine mammals also known as dolphins (family Delphinidae, aka "Flipper.") There are two species of dolphinfish: the common dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) which is this fish; and the pompano dolphin (Coryphaena equiselis). Both these species are commonly marketed by their Pacific name, mahi-mahi. Mahimahi means very strong in Hawaiian. Note that the hyphen is not used, which is the original spelling of this excellent fish to eat. In Miami, almost every restaurant serves this fish and I love to have it in a sandwich. This fish is beautiful swimming in the blue ocean out in the Gulf Stream. Its colors are dazzling: golden on the sides, and bright blues and greens on the sides and back. Sadly, once it is caught and off the water, almost immediately the colors vanish to become a dull greenish color. This fish like to swim in large group and that is a great sight to see.

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