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    Swordfish












    Description: 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

    Where found: offshore species worldwide in temperate and tropic waters; known to frequent
    depths of 400 to 500 fathoms; also has been seen basking at the surface

    Size: once averaged 200 pounds, but overharvest has reduced size of commercially caught
    swordfish to average of 48 pounds

    Remarks: large swordfish are all females, males seldom exceed 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

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