Average speed: 40 mph
The swordfish is named after its sharp beak resembling a sword, which, together with its streamlined physique, allows it to cut through the water with great ease and agility.
Swordfish are also known as broadbill in some countries. They are popular sports fish often living close to shore. However, the population is declining.
Swordfish do not congregate in schools. Solitary males and females appear to pair up during the spawning season. They have been known to eat their own young due to lack of nutrition. Swordfish lose all their teeth and scales by adulthood. Like most fish, the females grow larger than the males.
Swordfish feed daily, most often at night when they rise to surface in search of smaller fish. Swordfish are vigorous, powerful fighters. The adults have few natural enemies, with the exception of large sharks and sperm whales.