“It was the winter of 2009 in Chokoloskee, Florida,” Sam Root says. “Being only my second time to the Everglades, we did plenty of exploring that day. I had only seen sawfish in books and magazines before that, but when we came upon a sandbar at a mouth of creek there was no mistaking that this was a sawfish. We made a cast and the bill got tangled up in our lure. We managed to land it, got some photos and let it swim off. I’ve never seen one in person again since.”

The photo was taken with a Nikon D3 with a 24-70mm 2.8 lens in Aperture priority mode at F/8.

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