Anglers catch ‘critically endangered ancient dinosaur’ with mouth like a saw

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    A duo of stunned anglers have caught what they describe as a 'critically endangered ancient dinosaur' with mouth like a saw.

    A TikTok video shows the two blokes reel in the 15-foot beast out of the pitch-black waters off the Florida coast in the US.

    One of the fishermen and owner of the Port St. Lucie-based Apex Anglers, AJ Rotondella, said he felt the saw-like teeth of the monster so suspected it could be a sawfish.

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    “I was actually able to feel the line slip between the teeth of the saw while leadering it so I had a suspicion of what it could be,” he told local media.

    The catch was a smalltooth sawfish, one of five species of sawfish that inhabit the tropical climes of the Atlantic Ocean. Although shark-like in appearance, sawfish are actually rays.

    The smalltooth sawfish is the only sawfish that is found in Florida, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

    Smalltooth sawfish can grow up to 17-feet and weigh 700 pounds.

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    The video, posted by the TikTok account @Shaaaarky on April 10, has racked up a whopping 18.6 million views.

    The anglers, who released the fish back into the water after the catch, estimate it to be about 15 feet long, according to the TikTok video.

    “I would be so scared if I saw this, especially at night,” one viewer said.

    “Fortunate enough to live near one of their last population strongholds. So crazy encountering these fish,” one of the fishers told viewers in the comments.

    “Few words can describe it.”

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