Photographer's Note

This is a head of Pesce Spada as called in Italy (Swordfish). This fish is a famous dish in Calabria.
On the left in the background you can see part of its body. Photo taken in local fish shop in Reggio.

They reach a maximum size of 455cm (177 in.) and 650kg (1,400 lb)

"The swordfish is named after its sharp beak resembling a sword (Latin gladius), which together with its streamlined physique allows it to cut through the water with great ease and agility. Contrary to belief the "sword" is not used to spear, but instead may be used to slash at its prey in order to injure the prey animal, to make for an easier catch. Mainly the swordfish relies on its great speed, capable of reaching speeds up to 50 mph (80 km/h), and agility in the water to catch its prey. One possible defensive use for the sword-like bill is for protection from its few natural predators. The shortfin mako shark is one of the rare sea creatures big enough and fast enough to chase down and kill an adult swordfish, but they don't always win. Sometimes in the struggle with a shark a swordfish can kill it by ramming it in the gills or belly."

after Wiki

Here is boat used for fishing Spada

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