One gigantic 6 feet long swordfish was found washed up at a riverside in the UK after it traveled 1,500 miles from the Mediterranean Sea.
Over the course of the past decade less than 10 sightings of swordfish have been reported in the UK. Earlier this June a gigantic specimen of this species was washed on the shore of a riverbank in South Gloucestershire, UK, after it traveled approximately 1,500 miles from its home.
Gary Hills and his wife Nicola were on a walk with their pet dogs on Severn Beach when they spotted something huge struggling for its life in Severn River’s waters. They soon realized the struggling creature was a gigantic swordfish, which was fighting with the shallow waters for its life. Gary spent nearly 2 hours trying to save the swordfish’s life, but eventually failed. As it turned out, the rare (for the UK at least) creature had traveled around 1,500 miles from the Mediterranean to Severn River. The creature has been estimated to be 6 feet in length. While it isn’t so rare for a swordfish to grow to such lengths, it’s surreal that such a creature would be washed ashore in the UK. According to experts, this specimen never travels all the way to England because of the cold water temperatures and usually prefers warmer environment, such as the one of the Pacific Ocean or the Indian Ocean.
The best theory explaining the presence of the swordfish is that it might have been chasing a prey – probably a salmon or a mackerel. Charles Tyler, an environmental biologist from the University of Exeter, stated that it’s “a real treat” for a UK citizen to spot a swordfish and that it was a shame the fish’s life had to end in such a way.