The billfish is fixed at the apex of the oceanic food chain.
Composed of sailfish, marlin, spearfish, and swordfish, they roam
the pelagic waters of the Atlantic and are easily recognized by
their long, spear-like beaks. Noted for their speed, size, and
acrobatic jumps, billfish have for centuries inspired a broad
spectrum of society. Even in antiquity, Aristotle, who assiduously
studied the swordfish, named this gladiator of the sea xiphias-the
The Billfish Story tells the saga of this unique group of
fish and those who have formed bonds with them-relationships forged
by anglers, biologists, charter-boat captains, and conservationists
through their pursuit, study, and protection of these species. More
than simply reciting important discoveries, Stan Ulanski argues
passionately that billfish occupy a position of unique importance
in our culture as a nexus linking natural and human history.
Ulanski, both a scientist and an angler, brings a rich background
to the subject in a multifaceted approach that will enrich not only
readers' appreciation of billfish but the whole of the natural
Subjects: Zoology, Aquatic Sciences
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