Image: Swordfish with a Cookiecutter Shark bite

Swordfish with a Cookiecutter Shark bite

This image shows a Smalltooth Cookiecutter Shark wound on the side of a Swordfish. The Cookiecutter Shark is named after the cookie-shaped wounds that it leaves on the bodies of its prey.

Marta Eusebio
© Marta Eusebio


The fish was caught on longline at a depth between 25 m and 30 m, during a 121 day swordfish survey run by IEO (Instituto Espanol de Oceanografia, the Spanish Oceanographic institute) from December 2005 until April 2006. The fish was caught in a region of the Indian Ocean near the Maldive Islands.

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Swordfish , Isistius brasiliensis , Isistius plutodus , Xiphias gladius

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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Xiphias gladius, Swordfish, Cookiecutter, Cookiecutter Shark, Isistius brasiliensis, Isistius plutodus,