This amazing video shows a swordfish stuck in a blowout preventer of an offshore underwater oil rig being pulled out and released by a ROV.
Swordfish are considered by many to be the ultimate prize of the big game fisherman. Known not only for their strength and stamina this magnificent game fish is also one of the oceans best tasting fish. The IGFA All-Tackle world record swordfish was caught in Chile and weighed 1182 pounds. The fish in this video is estimated to weigh in the 400 pound range.
Unlike marlin whose bill is round, the swordfish bill is flat and much like the Roman broad sword that was designed after the swordfish’s bill. Swordfish usually travel alone. They use their bill for defense and to kill or stun prey such as squid and other deep water prey. Swordfish are known to be very aggressive and have been known to attacked boats and even deep diving submarines.
Their very large eye allows them to see in the low light conditions of the deep water environment where they spend most of their lives.
One of my favorite fishing shirts featuring this beautiful marine animal is the Swordfish Strike T-Shirt available in long or short sleeve and a variety of colors.