Moment rare 14ft sea creature surfaces next to fishermen's boat

Amazing sawfish emerges next to boat in Florida


Fishermen catch on camera moment 14ft 'sea creature' surfaces

Fishermen in Florida managed to catch on camera the moment an elusive sawfish surfaced next to their boat.

The strange-looking creature can be seen twisting and turning, before it emerges and shows off its amazing, without stating the obvious, saw-like nose.

The sawfish was estimated to be around 14ft long, and was spotted off the Florida Keys, reports the Mirror and 9 News.

According to Wikipedia, sawfishes, also known as carpenter sharks, are a family of rays characterised by a long, narrow, flattened rostrum, or nose extension, lined with sharp transverse teeth, resembling a saw.

Several species of sawfishes can grow to about 23 ft. The family as a whole is largely unknown and little studied.

All species of sawfishes are listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered by the IUCN, and face the threat of extinction as a result of habitat loss and overfishing.

Global populations of every species of sawfishes are estimated to have fallen to less than 10% of their historic levels, and they have been lost from at least 80% of their historic range.

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