One Weird Fish


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Photo: Host Dr. Brady Barr holds up a paddlefish, exposing its jaws to the camera. The rostrum, comprised of the large mouth and elongated snout, measures half the length of the entire body of the fish.

The sawfish is one of the rarest, weirdest and most endangered fish  Brady has ever encountered. Its massive body can reach 20 feet in length and its snout, studded with razor-sharp teeth, resembles a hedge trimmer. But scientists aren’t sure what the saw is for — or why this fish needs teeth outside its mouth. Determined to better understand this bizarre creature, Brady embarks on a mission to track down two equally odd and long-snouted fish — the white sturgeon and the paddlefish — to see if their snouts can shed some light on the workings of the sawfish’s saw. Then, in the Bahamas, Brady captures a wild sawfish to attach a satellite tracking tag.  Brady hopes to identify a full range of the fish’s habitat — a crucial step in protecting the species and unlocking its secrets.

Dangerous Encounters: Sawfish Giant premieres TONIGHT at 9PM et/pt on Nat Geo WILD.

Video Preview: “Skewered by Sawfish”