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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Sawfish in History

Goode (1884)

"...In the Everglades these fish are said to be exceedingly abundant. In the Saint John's River individuals of all sizes, from one to eight feet in length, are taken as high up as Jacksonville. They are considered by the fishermen to be very much a nuisance, since they are exceedingly powerful and play great havoc with the shad-nets. …. In the Indian River and its tributaries the Saw-fish is said to be very common, attaining the width of six or eight feet. On the Gulf coast, …, it is rather common, being a bottom fish and frequently caught in seines. Stearns states that he once saw a specimen in Saint Andrew's Bay that must have been fully fifteen feet long."

1 comment:

Eggs McManus said...

Do they still exist this size? What a great pic.