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Swordfish Facts

Swordfish

You might have noticed swordfish are famous for how they look. They have a long, flat bill that you guessed it – looks just like a sword!

swordfish for kids

 

They use this bill to attack other fish for food. They can look quite dangerous because of this, and are one of the largest fish you’ll see.

You will generally find swordfish in warm and temperate waters. They prefer areas of our planet that are not too cold all the time, so you may find them in places like the Indian Ocean.

Swordfish are not very sociable like other fish, and generally prefer to swim alone. They move quickly and are one of the fastest fish in the ocean.

They have a special organ in front of their eyes which helps them keep their eyes and brain warm as they travel in cold water. Nature is pretty clever, right?!

Quick Facts about Swordfish:

  • Swordfish can swim at more than 50 miles per hour – that’s pretty fast!
  • They generally grow to 3 meters (10 feet) in length.
  • Swordfish prey on a wide variety of smaller fish – that’s how they get their food.
  • They prefer warm water during the summer, and cooler water during the winter.
  • Swordfish lose their scales and their teeth as soon as they reach adulthood.

Discover more animal and fish facts on our Animals page.

Swordfish Video

Watch this interesting video about swordfish from the Smithsonian Museum.