A Swordfish Speeding In the Water Flops Right Onto This Boat and Scares the Passengers

Written by Hannah Crawford
Published: November 27, 2023
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There are things that we expect to encounter in the wild. Perhaps we hope to see dolphins leaping out of the water on a boat ride, watch a deer through the lens of our scope, or watch a cheetah chase in the far distance.

However, what happens when those animals don’t keep their distance? And instead of being something you look through a scope at, they are literally in your lap! Let’s see what happened with this feisty swordfish in the video below.

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Swordfish Encounter

The short YouTube clip at the top of this blog post takes us out in the water. This is where a family comes face to face with a swordfish! The Viral Outdoors YouTube page posted this video. This channel shares various videos of life outdoors that include interactions with animals such as turkeys, gators, and deer.

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Swordfish Fighting for It’s Life

At the start of this video clip, we see a boat running at full steam. In this boat are several friends and family members. They are likely just out on the water, looking for a great day. Only that day is about to be interrupted.

We can see a swordfish swimming at tremendous speeds just behind the boat. He’s swimming so fast that he crashes into the ship and flips on deck! We hear the guy down below screaming as the fish flops around. It’s a long, pointy sword at the end, looking to cut anything. 

We comically see that the video title is “The chances of being in a sword fight with a fish are slim, but never zero.” And we’d have to say that we entirely agree with them!

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Swordfish are large, highly migratory predatory fish characterized by a long, flat, pointed bill.


Swordfish (Xiphias gladius) of the genus Xiphias are long fish approximately 15 feet long. Surprisingly, they can reach over 1,400 pounds as well. Swordfish are well known for their bill, which is often referred to as a “sword.” The longest on record was 14.9 feet long, according to the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

In addition to their tremendous bill size, their speed is unlike any other these boaters saw that day. Swordfish can reach up to NASCAR speeds of 60 miles per hour! This allows them to catch their prey quickly, such as fish, squid, and crustaceans. Or, in the case of the video above, hop on a boat for a quick ride. 

The photo featured at the top of this post is © iStock.com/bbevren

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About the Author

Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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