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Biologists Rescue Sawfish In The Florida Keys

Animal transported to Mote Marine Lab for rehabilitation.

Update: April 12, 2024

An endangered smalltooth sawfish is recovering after being rescued from Cudjoe Key and transported to Mote Marine Laboratory’s facility. A member of the public reported the animal swimming in circles in Cudjoe Bay. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Mote Marine Laboratory responded to the distressed sawfish. They completed a quick field assessment that included taking samples, measurements, and tagging, before making the rescue decision. The sawfish was loaded onto a vessel and provided respiratory assistance during the short boat ride to a temporary holding tank. 

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