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You may never have seen a fish like this. It's called a sawfish and it's pretty easy to know why.

One was caught off Boynton Beach, Florida last weekend. According to TV station WSVN and reported on AOL.com, Dustin Richter and his friends weren't even planning to go out fishing that morning. But now they sure are happy they did. The sawfish is pretty aptly named. Its long snout features razor-sharp teeth on either side, closely resembling a saw. The fish use their snouts to dig through the ocean floor or cut their prey in half.

Sawfish are currently listed on the endangered species list. Richter and his friends released their sawfish back into the ocean after reeling it in.

National Geographic says the sawfish was added to the list in 2003 and became the first U.S. marine fish to receive such protection. The sawfish population had already dwindled to just 5 percent of what it was when Christopher Columbus came to the New World in 1492.

The National Wildlife Federation says the sawfish are most likely dying out because it's very easy for their saw-like snouts to get tangled up in fishing nets. Their snouts are then dried and sold as an ingredient in folk recipes for asthma in some countries.

But calling Sunday's catch "rare" might not be accurate, considering two other sawfish have been caught in Florida in the past two months.

Critical thinking challenge: Why are there fewer sawfish now than in 1492?

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COMMENTS (29)
  • Sarah H
    5/30/2014 - 01:47 p.m.

    That fish is actually pretty cool looking! It really does look like a saw! I think there should be more efforts to help these fish. If there was a different way for fisherman to catch their fish and not get any type of fish caught in a net that could be harmful to them.

  • HaileySa
    5/30/2014 - 01:48 p.m.

    I think it would be an amazing experience to catch such a big fish, especially one that is considered to be endangered. If myself and my friends would have caught this fish, I know I would have definitely been excited and amazed at the sight of it. Sometimes I wish for being able to go fishing in places with all the different kinds of fish.

  • KyleH-3
    5/30/2014 - 06:49 p.m.

    Dustin and his friends were not planning on going fishing, but they were glad they did. When they were fishing they caught a 500 pound sawfish. They are called saw fishes because they're snout is like a saw. They use it to cut their prey in half. A sawfish is one of the extinct animals. In my opinion I believe that they got extremely lucky.

  • WarrenB-4
    5/30/2014 - 07:24 p.m.

    Summary:
    This article is about a big catch, fishing. Well, first of all, there is a type of endangered fish named the Sawfish. In 2003, it was called a 'rare' type of fish. In 2014, the are now endangered. A fisherman has caught a big sawfish.

    Opinion:
    God, more and more species are going endangered.

  • DelilahG-3
    5/30/2014 - 08:15 p.m.

    A very large five hundred pound sawfish was caught off Boynton Beach, Florida last weekend. The sawfish is an endangered species that has decreased to only five percent of what their population was when Christopher Colombus was alive and discovered America which was in 1492. The fishermen that caught the fish the sawfish let it back in the ocean though because there are laws that are protecting the fish because it is endangered. The protection started in 2003 and was the first marine animal to receive that type of protection. There were two sawfish that were caught in the last two months on the coast of Florida. The sawfish is called a sawfish because it has a saw like snout that it uses to kill and hunt its prey. I think that the type of fish is very cool and is very interesting to look at. I also am very glad that the fisherman that put it bak even thought they had to because they would have gotten sewed most likely if they did not put it back.

  • CharlieL-3
    5/30/2014 - 08:54 p.m.

    Last weekend a very large five hundred pound sawfish was caught off Boynton Beach, Florida. Since 1492 when Christopher Columbus discovered America the population has decreased to only five percent of what it used be. The fishermen that caught the sawfish let it go free back into the ocean because of the laws that are protecting the fish because they are endangered. The protection started in 2003 and was the first marine animal to receive the type of protection that other fish now get. There were two sawfish that were caught in the last two months on the coast of Florida. This fish has a saw like snout that it uses to kill and hunt its prey and that is why it's called a saw fish. I think that it is very great that fish are being protected I also think that this type of fish is very interesting, and it's very sad they are endangered.

  • brynnd
    5/30/2014 - 10:54 p.m.

    It is sad that this fish is on the endangered species list. I hope that it will not become extinct in the future. I would love to see a sawfish in real life. I bet it is really big and scary looking!

  • Destinee P
    5/30/2014 - 11:07 p.m.

    If I saw one of these things I would Run for life! I would be swimming and running out of that ocean as fast as possible! I hate any kind of those things. No way would I ever go back into the ocean. They look kind of cool though.

  • alexar-Koc
    5/31/2014 - 04:04 p.m.

    There might be less fish because people fish more now. Like it said in the article their snouts are likely to get caught in the fishing nets. I think if a fish like this is caught why not release it back?

  • NicoleK-5
    6/01/2014 - 10:13 p.m.

    A sawfish was caught off of the coast of Boynton, Florida last weekend. The sawfish breed is currently listed as an endangered species. The sawfish found in Florida was released back into the ocean after being reeled in. It's suspected that sawfish are dying out because their snout-like noses are getting caught and tangled in fishing nets.

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