SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE TITLE TO THIS POST? I guess the oil rig did not catch the Swordfish and perhaps it was the other way round.
The broadbill swordfish is arguably one of the most interesting and elusive of the billfish family. They are highly sought after by long-liners as they are considered to be the among the oceans tastiest fish. Remember the movie The Perfect Storm?
Instead of a round bill like the marlin’s, they have a flat broad bill resembling a sword, hence their name. The IGFA All-Tackle world record swordfish weighed 1,182 pounds and was caught off Chile.
Living in the deep ocean they are supposed to have excellent eyesight to hunt down their prey like squid which they stun with their bill. The swordfish is an aggressive predator that is most active at night.
I remember also seeing a huge swordfish stuck onto a deep ocean submersible. It died. The fish in this video is estimated to weigh in the 400 pound range. Looking at this video I can’t help to wonder how do they end up in such sticky situations? With their good eyesight they could not have missed a sub or an oil rig, right?
Or were they going after prey at such high speed that they just could not get out of the way fast enough?
Nice save nonetheless.