Dustin Richter managed to entangle a rare sawfish off the Boynton Beach Inlet in Florida on May 25th. He and his friends who were also fishermen caught the novel discovery in ichthyology. They even made some footage of the creature.
It was quite a task hauling in the giant monster. After 120 minutes of heaving and tugging not to mention fishing tactics, the sawfish which was 11 foot in length and weighed 500 pounds was brought in.
“Catching a fish like that is like once in a lifetime,” Richter said. “It’s just one of those prehistoric-looking animals. If you see them you’re lucky to see them and if you catch them you’re even luckier.”
Dustin and his seaside buddies were out on a midnight fishing spree when they chanced upon the thing which emerged from the depths. Their excitement and thrill knew no bounds. Dustin is reported to have exclaimed that such a find was rare and only occurred once in a lifetime.
After bringing the sawfish ashore and filming it, they let it go back into the sea. Dustin also spoke of how the scale-covered critter was probably of prehistoric origin. Sawfish are basically like their cousins, the sharks, and they have a lengthy snout which is peppered with razor sharp teeth in a comb-like design.
And while they may appear to be quite formidable and fearsome, they pose little immediate danger to human beings. The saw-like projections in front of their mouths are used to bag and tear apart other smaller fish that they prey upon.
And these life forms are on the endangered species list. Inhabiting low coastal waters, they are fascinating in their portrayal of how Nature is the best artist. Every form of mold and shape is created through the “sign-natures” of Mother Nature to which human agency simply has no comparison.
Dustin was in a state of ecstasy upon having experienced an encounter with the rare form of sawfish. His life has been enriched by the close encounter indeed.
Source: ABC News