Dr. Heather Marshall- Notes from the Field

Today I joined Gills Club Scientist Rachel Scharer and Florida Fish and Wildlife to help tag and sample sawtooth sawfish! Florida storms chased us off the water, but not before we found a beautiful female sawfish. The smalltooth sawfish is an endangered species and the work Rachel and her team are doing will help fill in important missing data gaps for this species. Once we captured the sawfish, we measured her length and her disc width, counted her rostral teeth, took a DNA sample and fitted her with an ID tag, PIT tag and an acoustic tag. All tags will help ID her in the future, and monitor her movements! It was awesome to see this beautiful and rare species!