Model of the world recording setting black marlin. No specimen.
35mm slides belong to Carole Baldwin
two transparency from the Fish Illustration Collection
Four prints are in the Fish Illustration Collection
20 prints are located in the NMNH Registrar's Office. Registrar's office also has 4 copies of the prints (duplicates) of those four prints found in the Fish Illustration Collection.
Peru: Off Cabo Blanco, Peru, Atlantic
4 Aug 1953
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Istiophoridae
Model of the world record black marlin, Makaira indica. Model is a gift of Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. Specimen caught by Mr. Glassell, Jr. on August 4, 1953 off Cabo Blanco, Peru. Weight of specimen: 1560lbs and length 14 feet, 6 inches. As of May 2012, the specimen continues to be the world record that was caught by rod and reell in the all-tackle and 130-pound line class for the species. See International Game Fish Assoication (IGFA) website for more information: http://www.igfa.org/Records/World-Records-Fish-List.aspx?LC=ATR
Model, recreated from measurements, photos and film in 1964 by taxidermist Al Pflueger, Jr. Mr. Alfred C. Glassell, Jr (sportsfisherman who caught the specimen) formally donated the model to the Smithsonian in a presenation ceremony on Dec 11, 1964. Model accepted on behalf of the Smithsonian by Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren and Smithsonian Secretary Dillon Ripley. President Lyndon B. Johson was in attendance. Model was exhibited at the National Museum of Natural History Life in the Sea hall from 1964-1989(?) and then in The Mighty Marlin from 1997-2007. Model currently is displayed at Smithsonian Museum Support Center.