Sawfish don't saw

Spiked snouts slash, impale and whack prey

12:22pm, March 6, 2012

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Sawfishes use their spiked snouts as a combination sword, antenna and serving spoon — but not much at all as a saw, scientists have found.

Figuring out how the fishes use their whopper snouts has been tricky, says Stephen Kajiura of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Most of these rare and endangered relatives of sharks and rays live in murky waters or have been trained to captive-feeding procedures in big aquarium displays.

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