Un sub è stato attaccato da un pesce spada mentre lavorava alla base di una piattaforma petrolifera al largo della costa del Brasile: lo spiega l’account Instagram di “Maestro 320”, che ha pubblicato il video dell’inusuale incontro in profondità. «C’è mancato poco perché il sub non finisse infilzato dal pesce spada, che probabilmente è stato attirato dal colore giallo brillante del serbatoio dell’ossigeno» e dell’attrezzatura. Ma la spada del pesce «è rimasta incastrata nei tubi del regolatore», costringendo il subacqueo a ritirarsi nella campana da immersione. «Non è noto se il pesce spada sia stato rilasciato o sia diventato parte del piatto dell’equipaggio», ironizza la pagina Instagram.
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"Skewered" – 🔵Maestro's Notes: Commercial Scuba Diving has it's many perks including the very high salary attached to it. However, it also has its dangers working in extreme depths, darkness and water pressure. It requires a dive bell situated at depth that acts both as a safety refuge and decompression chamber altogether. Once in a while these divers get visits from the locals such as giant squid, whales, sharks and yes, swordfish. In this amazing footage shared by Luis Nascimento, a commercial diver working at the base of an oil rig off the Coast of Brazil narrowly misses being impaled by a swordfish which apparently got attracted to the bright yellow colour of the oxygen tank, head gear and harness. Unfortunately, its sword gets stuck in the tubes of the regulator calling for a quick retreat back to the dive bell for this diver. It is not known whether the swordfish was released or became part of the crew's dinner plate. • Swordfish (Xiphias gladius), also known as broadbills in some countries, are large, highly migratory, predatory fish characterized by a long, flat, pointed bill. They are a popular sport fish of the billfish category, though elusive. Swordfish are elongated, round-bodied, and lose all teeth and scales by adulthood. These fish are found widely in tropical and temperate parts of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, and can typically be found from near the surface to a depth of 550 m (1,800 ft). They commonly reach 3 m (9.8 ft) in length, and the maximum reported is 4.55 m (14.9 ft) in length and 650 kg (1,430 lb) in weight. In 1998, the US Natural Resources Defense Council and SeaWeb hired Fenton Communications to conduct an advertising campaign to promote their assertion that the swordfish population was in danger due to its popularity as a restaurant entree. The resulting 1998 "GIVE SWORDFISH A BREAK" campaign was wildly successful, with 750 prominent US chefs agreeing to remove North Atlantic swordfish from their menus, and also persuaded many supermarkets and consumers across the country. The advertising campaign was repeated by the national media in hundreds of print and broadcast stories, as well as extensive regional coverage.