Scientific Name: Xiphias gladius
Common Name: Sword
Description: Their color varies from black, greyish blue, brown, metallic purple or bronze. The sides are dusky with a dirty white underbelly. They have a long flat sword-like upper jaw, lack scales, teeth, and pelvic fins. There is a single keel on each side of body in front of the tail. The first dorsal fin is high, rigid and short. They have large eyes. They once averaged 200 pounds but overharvest has reduced the size of commercially caught swordfish to an average of 48 inches. They feed on squid, octopus, and pelagic fish of all kinds.

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