The city of Liepāja is a popular place for scuba divers, preparing for diving in the sea. Only this time, the Baltic Sea pleases us with an exotic underwater animal, opposite the rescue base, a swordfish of impressive size washed out of the sea. It was noticed by local residents on August 12, 2015. The swordfish was brought from the shore to the rescue station by people whose task it is to save drowning vacationers. Before the conviction, the fish was said to be the weight of an adult woman - around 70 kilograms, so it was moved with the help of a quad bike. The swordfish has been handed over to researchers and placed in a freezer, after research it will probably be handed over to a nearby fish restaurant, where it will be cooked and eaten. 😉
According to the archive, even eight years ago, on August 12, 2007, near Liepāja, a swordfish was washed out in Ziemupe seashore. It weighed 37 kilograms. Previously, similar cases when swordfish were washed off the Latvian coast were recorded nine times before the Second World War and twice in the post-war period - in 1952 and 1993 near Ventspils.
Interesting and rare marine inhabitants wander into the Baltic Sea from time to time or find them on the shore. Swordfish is a typical oceanic fish that is most often found in tropical and temperate waters, and does not live independently in the Baltic Sea.
Findings of swordfish in the Baltic Sea can be explained by their migration. Due to migration, swordfish can also be found in more unusual places, such as the Black Sea, the North Sea or, in our case, the Baltic Sea. The fish gets to such places by following schools of fish, mainly herring, mackerel, horse mackerel or herring.
Photo Monta Glumane, as well as other authors.