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

Amazing sawfish emerges next to boat in Florida

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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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