After two hours, the fish rolled over and died on the surface. Teriipaia drove up to the marlin, secured its bill with a few half hitches of dock line, and towed it slowly back to port. Once back at the commercial dock in Moorea, a small crowd gathered as the fish was hoisted from the water and weighed. The certified scale read 502 kilograms, or 1,106 pounds. The marlin had a short length of 137 inches and a girth of 78 inches, representing yet another of many impressive catches from those waters. According to granderwatch.com, four additional blues over the 1,000-pound mark have been reported from French Polynesia in the past decade: a 1,474-pound fish in 2015 and a 1,301-pounder in 2011, both weighed in Tahiti. More recently, the neighboring island of Raiatea produced a pair of grander blues in 2016, fish weighing 1,128 and 1,034 pounds.