The face-like underside of a sawfish

underside of sawfish

You may have seen a sawfish from up above or from the side but have you ever seen one from below?

The underside of a sawfish houses their nostrils and gills. But what they look like up close is a person’s face in the midst of making some judgment.

Just look at this thing:

Take a closer look:

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The sawfish uses 88–128 teeth in its upper mouth and 84–176 teeth in the lower jaw to grind crabs and small fish into bits. They use their “saw-like” snout, called a rostrum, that juts out of their flat head to detect, stun, and manipulate prey in the murky waters they inhabit.

There are transverse teeth on the saw extension as well. But are they dangerous to humans? No.

Once widespread across the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans, sawfish are now considered endangered species — commonly hunted for their liver, fins, meat, and skin.

underside of sawfish