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Swordfish
Author: Richard Ellis

ISBN: 9780226922904
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 28 February 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5
Description:
A perfect fish in the evolutionary sense, the broadbill swordfish derives its name from its distinctive bill-much longer and wider than the bill of any other billfish-which is flattened into the sword we all recognize. And though the majesty and allure of this warrior fish has commanded much attention-from adventurous sportfishers eager to land one to ravenous diners eager to taste one-no one has yet been bold enough to truly take on the swordfish as a biographer. Who better to do so than Richard Ellis, a master of marine natural history? Swordfish: A Biography of the Ocean Gladiator is his masterly ode to this mighty fighter.

The swordfish, whose scientific name means "gladiator," can take on anyone and anything, including ships, boats, sharks, submarines, divers, and whales, and in this book Ellis regales us with tales of its vitality and strength. Ellis makes it easy to understand why it has inspired so many to take up the challenge of epic sportfishing battles as well as the longline fishing expeditions recounted by writers such as Linda Greenlaw and Sebastian Junger. Ellis shows us how the bill is used for defense-contrary to popu...

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