Color of back variable--black, grayish blue, brown, metallic purple,
or bronze, sides dusky, underbelly dirty white, long, flat,
sword-like upper jaw, lacks scales, teeth, and pelvic fins, single
keel on each side of body in front of tail, first dorsal fin high,
rigid and short, large eyes.
Once averaged 200 pounds, but over-harvest has reduced size of
commercially caught swordfish to average of 48 inches.
Offshore species, pelagic, in temperate and tropic waters worldwide,
known to frequent depths 400 to 500 fathoms, but also has been seen
basking at the surface.
are usually females, males seldom exceeding 200 pounds; except when
spawning females believed to prefer water cooler than that favored
by males; feeds on squid, octopus, and pelagic fishes of all kinds.
Common Names : Broadbill