SWORDFISH

(BRIDGER'S FAVORITE ANIMAL)

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WHAT SWORDFISH EAT?

Swordfish eat various animals in a very interesting manner. Swordfish eat animals depending on the range of depth their in. They eat squids, cephalopods and pelagic fish.

WHAT DO SWORDFISH USE THERE "SWORD" FOR?

They use their sword-shaped bill to slash large prey.

They also use it to get through objects that are hard and/or massive in size.

Swordfish also use their sword to glide through the water.

WHERE DO SWORDFISH LIVE?

Swordfish live throughout much of the world's oceans. They are found in the Indian, Atlantic, Pacific Oceans. They seem to prefer warmer waters, but are found at a variety of temperatures. They can be found at varying depths in the ocean as well, including the surface where they sometimes jump out of the water in an activity called breaching.

HOW BIG CAN SWORDFISH GET?

Swordfish are big fish. The females are quite a bit larger than the males. The largest swordfish ever caught weighed 1,182 pounds. It's believed that they may grow as large as 14 feet long and 1,400 pounds.

WHAT DO SWORDFISH HAVE THAT HELP THEM IN THE WATER?

Besides their long bill and large size, swordfish have a large crescent shaped tail (caudal) fin, a tall front dorsal fin, a second much smaller dorsal fin, and pectoral fins. They have large eyes and no teeth. The top of their body is silvery gray-blue to brown while the bottom or belly is cream colored.