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Copyright: Amos Dor (amosdor) (105)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-13
Categories: Fish
Camera: Canon EOS 10D
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/20 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-17 17:00
Viewed: 4355
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
They are a tropical rays, related to sharks,
and are found in Australian estuaries (ie river mouths where the saltwater mixes with fresh) and freshwater rivers/creeks.

They have a flattened body with a prominent long flat "toothy" snout
Hence they are sometimes referred to as "Sharks with Swords"
Its shark-like tail propels it through the water with graceful undulations, and the flattened body and head indicates a bottom dwelling fish.
The sharp awl-like teeth are not true teeth at all; they are really modified scales, but the jaws are lined with a pavement of thousands of tiny As with other rays, the mouth, Nares (nostrils), & gill slits are located on the flat undersurface.
Colour wise they differ depending on species and location but the upper surface is dark to blend in with the muddy seafloor; the underside is white, to blend in with the water surface when seen from below.
Females give birth to live young which have a "soft" saw.
Sawfishes eat only small fish and bottom-dwelling invertebrates, like crabs and shrimps, which can be crushed and swallowed whole through the mouth.
These flattened shark-like rays, born about 0.65m reach lengths of over 6.6m!
The freshwater species is Australia's largest freshwater fish.

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amazing fish, TFS Ori

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2010-07-18 10:05]

Hi Amos
good compo and lovely light
strange animal

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-07-18 21:11]
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Amazing looking fish, Amos.
The details are very sharp.
Really nice presentation of the "saw".
What is that fish doing out of water lying on the sand?
TFS. : )

Ciao Amos,
Welcome to TrekNature and I hope you will enjoy this site as much as I do!!

I was stunned, when I saw the title of this photo and the location - but now I saw your answer to manyee - et voila, now I know.

VERY GOOD photo. It is always difficult to photograph in an aquarium due to the reflection of the glass and the underwater spotlights! I see you did not use the flash - did not fire - therefore no reflection on the glass.

The natural colours are a bonus.
Have a nice week,

Greetings from South Africa

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