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 Popular Opinion It Is Not Used To Spear Prey, But To Slash And Debilitate, Like A Skillful Saber Fencer Swordfish, He Explains, Hunt At The Surface As Well As Thousands Of Feet Down In The Depths, And Like Tuna And Some Sharks, Have An Unusual Circulatory System That Gives Them A Significant Advantage Over Their Prey, No Matter The Depth In Which They Hunt Their Adaptability Enables Them To Swim In Waters The World Over Tropical, Temperate, And Sometimes Cold And The Largest Ever Caught On Rod And Reel Was Landed In Chile In , Weighing In At , Pounds And This Heavyweight Fighter, Like All The Largest Swordfish, Was A Female Ellis S Detailed And Fascinating, Fact Filled Biography Takes Us Behind The Swordfish S Huge, Cornflower Blue Eyes And Provides A Complete History Of The Fish From Prehistoric Fossils To Its Present Day Endangerment, As Our Taste For Swordfish Has Had A Drastic Effect On Their Population The World Over Throughout, The Book Is Graced With Many Of Ellis S Own Drawings And Paintings, Which Capture The Allure Of The Fish And Bring Its Splendor And Power To Life For Armchair Fishermen And Landlocked Readers Alike Things I ve learned swordfish can warm their brains They have no teeth as adults, but do as juveniles They re rather stabby They are riddled with worms and parasites They may be subject to hormonal rages They like to bask in the sun Probablythan I really ever needed to know about swordfish, but do you really need a reason for learning about a creature that has a built in brain warmer I think not. Richard Ellis writes his natural history biographies as a series of facts with little narrative, and many people may find this annoying I ve always enjoyed this approach Ellis packs infacts per page in his books than would be allowable by the personal narrative form could.The only chapter in Swordfish that contains a personal narrative, Chapter 10 Benchley and Ellis Swordfishermen, is the shortest chapter in the book, and despite the all star cast Peter Benchley, shark fisherman Frank Mundus, and Ellis is a little dull After briefly telling the story of hocking a swordfish aboard Cricket II, Ellis finds the ground on which he iscomfortable ans ends the chapter discussing the decreasing sizes of swordfish caught since that day in 1975 The final chapter, The Swordfish and Global Warming, isabout global warming in general and only ends with an almost tacked on discussion of how climate change may affect swordfish populations But the bulk of this chapter seems optimistic about the potential recovery ability of collapsed fisheries This slight optimism was a nice note to end the book on, even though the full peril of the swordfish is detailed throughout the rest of the book.A good read for the enthusiast. If someone were really interested in swordfish and wanted to read a book about them, then this would be the book for this person I do not fit that category I learned farabout swordfish than To be fair, the ecological parts were pretty interesting I learned about long line fishing and the Permian Extinction and other things I knew nothing about, but mostly the book just brought back not so pleasant memories of being dragged aboard deep sea fishing boats in Florida by my grandfather, an avid sport fisherman, and sitting for hours in a chair in excruciating heat holding a pole There was one especially gruesome day when I got seasick early on and knew there would be 8hours before I could escape that boat and the cabin was pea green Erk I had to read this book for my book group.
Richard Ellis is a celebrated authority on marine biology and America s foremost marine life artist whose work has been exhibited worldwide His nine books include The Search for the Giant Squid a Publishers Weekly 1998 Best Book of the Year , Great White Shark, Encyclopedia of the Sea, Men and Whales, Monsters of the Sea, Deep Atlantic The Book of Whales, and Imagining Atlantis.
- 296 pages
- Richard Ellis
- 10 September 2019 Richard Ellis