Swordfish off Port Coogee fascinates beachgoers

Swordfish off Port Coogee fascinates beachgoers
Swordfish off Port Coogee fascinates beachgoers

A RARE visitor to Port Coogee has fascinated beachgoers.

A swordfish, believed to be about 1.5m long, has spent at least five days around the jetty.

And while there were suggestions it was a marlin, Curtin University marine scientist Jordan Goetze identified it as a swordfish.

Its presence so close to shore was particularly unusual.

“They are normally open water deep sea species found on the continental shelf anywhere from the surface to depths of 500-plus metres,” he said.

“It looks like a small one given they grow to 4.5m so is probably sick or lost.”

The spear of a swordfish can be dangerous to humans, particularly if the creature thrashes about after being caught on a line.

Dr Goetze said the fish would not purposely attack a human in the water, but advised against swimming with it.

A swordfish uses its spear-shaped nose to slash its prey, weakening it and making it easier to catch.

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