Richard Ellis is the author of more than twenty books on marine life, including The Search for the Giant Squid, The Empty Ocean, Tuna: A Love Story, The Great Sperm Whale, and Shark: A Visual History. A renowned painter of marine natural history, his paintings have appeared in such publications as Skin Diver, Audubon, National Wildlife, National Geographic, and the Encyclopaedia Britannica, as well as his own books.
"Richard Ellis writes that the swordfish is a 'graceful, tapered teardrop of a fish' that has enchanted and mystified humans since their most ancient encounters with this unique being. Ellis is one of a kind, too, a meticulous researcher and a fine writer who has brought to life more creatures of the sea than anyone working today. They come together in Swordfish for a great read and a valuable addition to our understanding of the ocean and its inhabitants." -Brad Matsen, author of Jacques Cousteau: The Sea King"