Florida fishermen catch rare 500-pound sawfish

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - A group of south Florida fishermen caught a rare sawfish over the weekend near the Boynton Inlet.

Dustin Richter said the fish was more than 10 feet long and weighed around 500 pounds.

Richter and his friends caught the fish Sunday morning but later released it after bringing it ashore and filming a short video.

"Catching a fish like that is like once in a lifetime," Richter said. "It’s just one of those prehistoric-looking animals. If you see them you’re lucky to see them and if you catch them you’re even luckier."

The sawfish is a shark-like fish with a long, thin snout covered in sharp teeth -- so it resembles a saw, ABC News reported.

All species of sawfish are listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered and face the threat of extinction.

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