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Prehistoric Sawfish caught near Mumbai, India.

sawfish_Mumbai_IndiaLocal fishermen caught Sawfish, also known as carpenter sharks near my dads hometown Satpatibeach almost 1 hr from Mumbai, India.

This prehistoric beautiful fish is a critically endangered species and face the threat of extinction as a result of habitat loss and overfishing.

Sawfish is a survivor from the Cretaceous period (66 million years ago), and can be found both in saltwater or in rivers and creeks, It may look like sharks but are actually more closely related to rays. Their “saw” is both a weapon and a sensory organ, Although usually peaceful, the sawfish can become extremely dangerous if provoked. this fishes was probably a staple food for the largest carnivorous dinosaur, as a vertebra from the fish was found stuck between the dinosaur’s teeth.

All the seven varieties of sawfish, including four from India, have been listed as critically endangered on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). They are also considered the most threatened marine fish.

Sawfish were once abundant in India’s coastal waters, but are rarely seen these days, as per the article in Hindu. Good thing is that the sawfish is alredy protected under the Wildlife Protection Act but education and awareness is needed

A good article from The Hindu

I also found an old video from 2012 where fishermen caught a giant Sawfish in Daman, India


  • Dan Hubbard
    at 7 years ago

    a really strange looking thing do people eat this in India?

    • parag
      at 7 years ago

      I don’t think so, never seen it in fish markets 😛 but I live in London now for many years so I don’t really know.

  • Lee Robson
    at 7 years ago

    A record 21 species of shark, ray and sawfish were added to list on new migratory animals UN protection list

  • Jack
    at 6 years ago

    How awful – think how old this fish was and how important it is to the ocean’s health.
    That’s why it is a no-no to catch it. Not time for celebration when ignorant peoples
    destroy a treasure.

    I prefer to celebrate its long life.

  • Sabrina savarese
    at 2 years ago

    The story goes
    My mom caught one in the late 60s
    It went under rocks and she knew it was going to die had the men swim under to retrieve it
    It did die and we have a giant bill still this is the first video I’ve seen
    although our spikes look thicker and longer I don’t think the bill is as long
    Yes sad to see something so old and beautiful die. Wake up world- it’s almost to late!

    • parag
      at 2 years ago

      Oh, that’s Sad,
      and yes it’s so sad to see such a beautiful prehistoric fish die.


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