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As Florida Smalltooth Sawfish Spin and Whirl, a New Effort to Rescue Them Begins

An unprecedented federal effort to rescue and rehabilitate endangered smalltooth sawfish is getting underway this week in the Florida Keys, where unusual and concerning behavior has been documented including spinning and whirling, signs the fish are in distress. Some 32 of the sawfish have been reported dead, although the number is believed to be higher, because the fish tend to sink after death. The smalltooth sawfish, in 2003, was the first marine fish to be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The range of the animal named for its distinctive rostrum, which is shaped like a saw, once spanned coastal waters from Texas to North Carolina; today, sawfish are found only in south Florida.

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  • Saustine Lusanzu

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    This is a bold move to be appreciated by everyone!

    • Elizabeth Gathigia

      5 w

      Great efforts, it's very important to protect all the endangered species

      • Princess

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        This new effort to rescue Florida Smalltooth Sawfish is both timely and critical for the conservation of this endangered species.

        • walter lungayi

          5 w

          This is an important step in preserving this endangered species. By initiating rescue efforts, there is hope for the conservation of these unique creatures, highlighting the importance of protecting biodiversity and ecosystems in the region.

          • Joseph Githinji

            5 w

            Commendable efforts to save and protect the endangered species.

            • Rashid Kamau

              6 w

              Great efforts to safeguard them is paramount.

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