Hunters In Shallow Water Call For Help When They Spot Rare Sawfish Entangled In Bungee Cord

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

Two hunters got more than they bargained for when they went out on the water and ended up becoming unlikely rescuers.

According to Caters News, W. T. Pearson and his friend Jason Bihari were out duck hunting in Naples, Florida, when they came across a rare sight in the shallow water: a sawfish.

A sawfish is unmistakable in appearance. Also known as a carpenter shark, they have relatively flat bodies. Their most prominent feature is their snout, or rostrum, which has special denticles instead of teeth. This saw-like snout is what they use to injure small fish before eating them. According to the Florida Museum, they can grow to be as long as 18 feet!

The fierce appearance of the sawfish apparently wasn’t enough to scare the two hunters away, so they called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to come and help in the rescue.

As soon as help arrived the hunters caught the rescue on camera. In the footage, a wildlife official holds the sawfish’s snout out of the water while another man gently cuts the cord with a small knife.

Watch the short clip below to see them in action!

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Photos: Caters News

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