The two Mahi Mahi dolphin fish that are in the photo were caught in the Gulf of Mexico, about 25 miles off Panama City Beach, Fla., during federal snapper season on June 7, 2015.
Skylar Smith (at right) caught the Bull (Male) and Tripp Powell (left) caught the Cow (female).
“Both guys hooked up with the dolphins at the exact same time on Tripp Powell’s boat,” said Jenna Jeter Smith, who was on the trip. “We were there to catch Red Snapper and luckily hooked up with these two dolphins.”
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Jenna explained, “Mahi mahi are known for their beautiful colors and their delicious taste. When the fish is out of the water for a certain amount of time, it begins to lose its blue/green/yellow coloring and becomes a silver color.”
Is mahi-mahi a dolphin?
Yes and no. A mahi-mahi is a dolphinfish. On the east coast they are called ‘dolphin’ or ‘rakingo’ on the west coast they are called ‘dorado’. The confusion arises from calling porpoises, which are mammals not fish, by the name ‘dolphin’ – such as the bottle-nosed dolphin. If you see ‘dolphin’ on a menu, then it is certainly mahi-mahi or ‘dolphin’ the fish. The mammals are highly protected.