Recent Sawfish Capture
and Release in Naples
|A recently caught and
released large smalltooth sawfish at the Naples pier. The photo
above shows the 12 foot (3.7 m) long sawfish pier-side.
photos courtesy, J. George. Catch and release by K. Baker.
|The sawfish was briefly
pulled onto the beach using a pair of bridge gaffs, and the hook was removed.
The photo above shows that it is a female, as the pelvic fins do not have
long claspers (male sex organs) extending towards the tail (caudal fin).
slashes the sand briefly using its powerful saw (rostrum).
|After removing the
hook and gaffs, the anglers released the fish back into the Gulf of Mexico.
Notice the highly reflective eyes and large spiracles (just behind the
eyes). The robust appearence of the fish indicates that it is in
Photos of a Historical Naples Pier Capture
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