These fish are found widely in tropical and temperate parts of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, and can typically be found from near the surface to a depth of 550 m (1,800 ft), and exceptionally up to depths of 2,234 m.[2] They commonly reach 3 m (9.8 ft) in length, and the maximum reported is 4.55 m (14.9 ft) in length and 650 kg (1,430 lb) in weight. The swordfish’s bill differs from those of the other billfishes by being flat and blunt, rather than round and pointed. Shahar wanted to see whether these differences affected the bone’s strength. Recreational fishing has developed a subspecialty called swordfishing. Swordfish, however, don’t have either of these cell types in their bone. Swordfish (Xiphias gladius), also known as broadbills in some countries, are large, highly migratory, predatory fish characterized by a long, flat, pointed bill. Jesse Marsh, Margot Stiles, 2007.

On a given charge, a swordfish may feast on mackerel, bluefish, hake, herring, squid, giant drumsticks, mead, roast goose, suckling pig, jugs of wine, and sometimes their enemies’ hearts – all the while surrounded by comely serving wenches. Then-US President Bill Clinton called for a ban on the sale and import of swordfish and in a landmark decision by the federal government, 132,670 sq mi (343,600 km2) of the Atlantic Ocean were placed off-limits to fishing as recommended by the sponsors. Swordfish is a particularly popular fish for cooking. Contrary to popular belief, swordfish do not ‘spear’ their prey; their hunting technique is to dart through schools of fish, slashing their sword noses around, hacking and/or stunning the confused fish who have never before seen a sword where a nose should be. Rather, they are wielded as scythes to swipe at larger prey or through schools of smaller fish, knocking them senseless so they can be easily gobbled up. Fortunately, the sword struck the diver’s air tank rather than the diver’s neck or back, and the sword became tangled in the diver’s gear.

[3], Swordfish were harvested by a variety of methods at small scale (notably harpoon fishing) until the global expansion of long-line fishing. 1 Of these, they are by far the most massive, reaching almost fifteen feet in length (much of it sword) and 1,400 pounds in weight (some of it sword). I’d be interested to see what your take on them is. Such fish are sold as "pumpkin swordfish", and command a premium over their whitish counterparts. That would have been good to keep.

Animal Review Presents: The Swordfish : Organon. iterally cuts through the water, allowing the swordfish to easily reach speeds of 50 miles per hour (which is especially dangerous since they lack seat belts and they’re waving a pointy sword). In mammals, this requires two different types of bone cells: one to break down and absorb damaged bone and another to add new, healthy cells. [4], Almost 50 species of parasites have been documented in swordfish. NOAA Fisheries - North Atlantic Swordfish.