SPECIES: Pristis zijsron — Green Sawfish


The largest of the Sawfish species, on average growing to about 6m. As strange and as eerie as it sounds, this one certainly is. It has the fins of a shark, the wings of a ray and a saw-like snout - called a rostrum - that is deadly and dangerous. It hunts fish, molluscs and crusateans by thrashing about its rostrum to stun its prey. It prefers to dwell in waters with muddy bottoms in shallow waters but also further offshore of over 70m+. But not to worry, unless defending itself, the Green Sawfish is harmless to humans.

Photo credit: By Flavia Brandi from Roma, Italy - Genova - sonno, CC BY-SA 2.0,

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