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Have You Seen a Sawfish?

Scientific Classification: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Chondrichthyes Subclass: Elasmobranchii Superorder: Batoidea Order: Pristiformes Family: Pristidae Genera: Anoxypristis, Pristis Species: There are 7 species in the 2 Genera Sawfish are in the ray family and are known by their long, saw-like snout. They are often called “Sharks with Swords”. Actually, the “teeth” on their snout aren’t really teeth at all…LOL Know what else is special about that snout? It is electro- and motion sensitive with tiny pores that detect the slightest variations, so it allows the sawfish to hover over the ocean or riverbed floor and detect their prey’s heart-beats below the sand or mud. Very handy! Not to mention, they are [ ... ]