By: The Dodo
Did you know? The tiny, baby version of this massive sea creature is small enough to fit on the tip of a human finger.
In an incredible photo by Juan C. Levesque, a marine biologist, we're given a close-up look at the "gladiator of the sea," as Levesque calls him. In other words, a swordfish.
"Overall, swordfish grow rapidly in early years, but then their growth slows with age, which occurs around age 8 or 9," Levesque explained in a post for Florida Sportsman. According to Levesque, on average, swordfish can grow up to a whopping 14 inches per year. Thankfully, he goes on to do the math for us.
"It has been reported that swordfish can top 14 feet and 1,400 pounds in weight, but these large fish are rare these days," Levesque said, adding that female swordfish tend to have the upper hand compared to their male counterparts; they grow faster and bigger, and live longer. Sorry fellas.
"In my 7 years collecting data on commercial fishing vessels, the largest swordfish I ever saw captured was around 500 pounds; it was caught near West Palm Beach, Florida," he said.
Whether at 500 or 1,400 pounds, it's still surreal to think that a baby this small …
… can grow up to be this big.