Swordfish hits the beach near Liepaja

A two-meter long swordfish weighing 85 kilos has been washed up Latvia's southwestern Liepaja coast, Liepaja municipal police representative Kaspars Varpins reported via the BNS news agency.

Liepaja municipal police received a call about the swordfish on Wednesday evening. It was pulled out of the water and taken to the beach lifeguard station and later handed over to researchers of the association of the Baltic Sea fish processing.

Environmental science institute researcher Maris Plikss told BNS that a swordfish is able to survive in the Latvian coastal waters for a while if there is enough food for it, but otherwise the water is not salty enough.

Plikss said that the swordfish most likely travelled to the Baltic Sea from the North Sea, following shoals of fish that are moving to the Baltic Sea for spawning.

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