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sport of underwater hunting that became popular in the early 1930s and after World War II spread rapidly throughout the world. Targets of underwater hunters may include sharks and barracuda in salt water and such nongame species as carp in freshwater.
any of certain marine fishes of the genus Tetrapterus, family Istiophoridae (order Perciformes). Spearfishes are characterized by a relatively short snout in comparison with other spear-nosed fishes. Several species may be recognized; two, T. audax and T. albidus, are commonly called marlin (q.v.). The shortbill, or short-nosed, spearfish (T. angustirostris or T. brevirostris) is a Pacific member of the genus-scarce, little-known, and rather small for a billfish. Blue above and silvery below, it usually does not exceed 1.8 m (6 feet) and 27 kg (60 pounds). The species T. belone is a Mediterranean form resembling T. angustirostris.