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Meet Sawfish: A Family of Unique Rays that Need Conservation Attention

Posted Mon, Jun 30, 2014 by Jessie Yang to rays, sawfish, shark specialist group, sharks and rays, sharks international conference

Sawfish are a group of rays that need conservation attention.

A sawfish. (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons / Simon Fraser University Public Affairs and Media Relations)

You may not have heard of sawfish, an incredibly unique looking family of rays. As a flat fish with a long toothed snout (rostrum) lined with teeth that looks like a saw, sawfish have earned their name. Despite their large size (up to 20 feet long!) and those intimidating teeth, sawfish are in trouble.


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Ocean News: Scientists Discover New Line of Sea Anemones, Illinois Bans Microbeads, and More

Posted Tue, Jun 10, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to aquaculture, microbeads, sawfish, sea anemones

A sawfish (Pristidae) (Photo: Shutter Fotos / Flickr Creative Commons)

- Scientists previously mistook a deep-sea creature with 6.5 foot long tentacles to be one of the oceans’ largest sea anemones, but DNA research reveals that this animal is part of a new order of marine organisms. This new order of Cnidaria—a phylum that includes jellyfish, corals, sea anemones, and their relatives—now includes stony corals, anemones, and black corals. Science Daily


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Sawfish Designated as Endangered Species

Posted Wed, Jun 5, 2013 by Justine Sullivan to bycatch, endangered, endangered species, endangered species act, overfishing, sawfish

The unique and magnificent sawfish gained new protections this week. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Sawfish have a reason to breathe a little easier today: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has completed comprehensive status reviews under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and has determined that five foreign species of sawfish meet the definition of “endangered” under the Act. Of course, this “victory” is bittersweet: no one is celebrating the fact that sawfish species are endangered, but rather that they now will finally receive the protections they so desperately need to recover their numbers.


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