Mahimahi (Coryphaena hippurus)
The Hawaiian islands are just a temporary way-station on the mahimahi’s never-ending pursuit of food. They will feed on flying fish, crabs, squid, mackerel, and other small fish. Their movements appear based on currents and water temperature.
It’s not hard to understand why they are one of the most popular game fish: They are spectacularly colored, fight hard, jump when hooked, and taste delicious.
One of the most brilliantly colored fish in the ocean, mahimahi are an incredible sight in the water as they flash bright blues and greens. Unfortunately, their color usually fades almost immediately. By the time they are brought back to dock they are a dull gray.
This beautiful mahimahi was generously provided by my friend and neightbor, Larry R. It measured about 42 inches long. A couple of impressions were successfully made on rice paper, one on silk, and one on bamboo cloth. It was a very good day in the studio.