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    GIANT SAWFISH ROSTRUM
    Pristis sp.
    Bangladesh

    The most eye-catching feature of the sawfish is its saw-like snout, called a rostrum. The rostrum is covered with motion- and electro-sensitive pores that allow the fish to detect movement and even the heartbeat of potential prey buried in the ocean floor. The rostrum acts like a metal detector as the sawfish scours the bottom of the ocean floor in search of hidden food. Once successful, the rostrum is then used as a digging tool to unearth buried crustaceans. At other times, when a tasty morsel swims by, the normally lethargic sawfish will spring into action and slash furiously with its saw. This generally stuns or injures the prey sufficiently for the sawfish to devour it without much resistance. Sawfishes have also been known to defend themselves with their rostrum against predators (like sharks) and intruding divers. The "teeth" protruding from the rostrum are not real teeth, but modified denticle scales. The Large Tooth Sawfish is the largest species of sawfish and can reach lengths of over 23 feet and weigh over 5000 pounds. The present specimen is quite large for the species and is mounted upright on a metal display stand, measures 48 inches and comes from an individual around 20 feet in length.


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