Swordfish: A Biography of the Ocean Gladiator

By Richard Ellis

A ideal fish within the evolutionary feel, the broadbill swordfish derives its identify from its distinct bill—much longer and wider than the invoice of the other billfish—which is flattened into the sword all of us realize. And although the majesty and attract of this warrior fish has commanded a lot attention—from adventurous sportfishers wanting to land one to starving diners desirous to flavor one—no one has but been daring sufficient to really tackle the swordfish as a biographer. Who greater to take action than Richard Ellis, a grasp of marine average background? Swordfish: A Biography of the sea Gladiator is his masterly ode to this effective fighter.

The swordfish, whose medical identify potential “gladiator,” can tackle someone and anything, together with ships, boats, sharks, submarines, divers, and whales, and during this ebook Ellis regales us with stories of its power and energy. Ellis makes it effortless to appreciate why it has encouraged such a lot of to soak up the problem of epic sportfishing battles in addition to the longline fishing expeditions acknowledged by means of writers comparable to Linda Greenlaw and Sebastian Junger. Ellis indicates us how the invoice is used for defense—contrary to well known opinion it isn't used to spear prey, yet to shrink and debilitate, like a skillful saber fencer. Swordfish, he explains, hunt on the floor in addition to hundreds of thousands of ft down within the depths, and prefer tuna and a few sharks, have an strange circulatory method that offers them an important virtue over their prey, regardless of the intensity during which they hunt. Their adaptability permits them to swim in waters the realm over—tropical, temperate, and infrequently cold—and the biggest ever stuck on rod and reel used to be landed in Chile in 1953, weighing in at 1,182 kilos (and this heavyweight fighter, like every the biggest swordfish, was once a female).

Ellis’s designated and engaging, fact-filled biography takes us at the back of the swordfish’s large, cornflower-blue eyes and gives a whole historical past of the fish from prehistoric fossils to its present-day endangerment, as our style for swordfish has had a drastic impression on their inhabitants across the world. all through, the e-book is graced with lots of Ellis’s personal drawings and work, which seize the attract of the fish and convey its attractiveness and gear to existence for armchair fishermen and landlocked readers alike.

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