Amazing Video Of Swordfish Near Land In Gulf Shores

Amazing Video Of Swordfish Near Land In Gulf Shores

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In this video Austin Rabbitt and his cousin try to lift a struggling swordfish and get it back out to sea.

 

"We were getting ready to go into the house and there was this huge fish, we thought it was a shark initially but it ended up being a swordfish," says Austin Rabbitt.  Austin and his friends were vacationing at a Gulf Shores condo near the end of the beach highway last Thursday when they shot this video and tried to help the fish.

 

"To see a swordfish on the shore pretty rare because they're pretty far out," says Rabbitt.  After a few minutes of struggling, the two push the swordfish farther out and give each other a small high five.  Seconds later the fish continues thrashing in shallow water.

 

"We pushed it as far as we could and it started losing energy and it turned on its side," says Austin.  They called police and eventually members of the state conservation department arrived.  The swordfish died a short time later. 

 

"It had some cuts on its skin on its body they appear to be very fresh and appear to have been made by another animal, another fish," says chief biologist Kevin Anson.  Anson says they're sending tissue samples to Auburn.  He says it's unlikely this ill swordfish is connected to the recent fish kill in Mobile Bay.  The video of this story shows only some of Austin's video.  To see the whole thing you can go to his YouTube channel.    

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