Endangered smalltooth sawfish spotted near Jensen Beach - WFLA News Channel 8

Endangered smalltooth sawfish spotted near Jensen Beach

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Smalltooth sawfish (Wikipedia photo) Smalltooth sawfish (Wikipedia photo)
JENSEN BEACH, FL (WFLA) - Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute has shared a video sent to them of a large smalltooth sawfish that was seen swimming in Florida.

The sawfish was seen near the Jensen Beach causeway in Jensen Beach on June 23, 2014.

The sawfish is an endangered species, and is also highly protected.

FWC asks anyone who has seen this mysterious fish to report your sighting. 

Sawfish are "unique fish that have a long, hedge trimmer-like 'saw' extending out from their heads," the FWC says. They swim like sharks, however are more closely related to stingrays because they have gill slits under their bodies rather than on the sides of their bodies. Sawfish can grow up to 18-feet long.

They used to be more common along Florida's coastline but over the last century have become a rare sight due to being overfished. They have been protected in Florida since 1992 and are under the United States Endangered Species Act

The public can take part in our research by reporting sawfish sightings, either by calling 941-255-7403 or by e-mailing Sawfish@MyFWC.com. Reports will be used to support the conservation of this endangered Florida fish.

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