These animals can be easily confused by the common man, so Sarasota Fins has decided to educate you on both! Lets look at it anatomically first. Saw sharks can reach up to 1.3 m (4.4 ft), with females sometimes reaching up to 1.5 m (5 ft). Similar in coloration, these animals are a pale yellow/brown on the dorsal side with a white underbelly. Sometimes, on the saw shark, there are blotches or bands of darker color. Both the saw fish and saw shark have that chain-saw looking snout, however, SAW SHARKS HAVE BARBELS. Saw fish do not have these and are the most recognizable difference between these two similar sharks.
Unlike many sharks, the saw shark is known to forms schools; it has been hypothesized this is for hunting for food. Their known diet consists of small fish, crustaceans, squid, their large snouts helping them dig in the sand for prey hiding in the sand. Their ampullae of Lorenzini, as well as the barbels, help detect prey.
on the IUCN's Red List of Endangered Species.
"Do those teeth hurt the mother as she gives birth? I mean, they're essentially giving birth to animal chainsaws."
Have no fear! The pups have the teeth folded against the snout, so no harm comes to the mother. The pups are born with their teeth folded against their snout which protects the mother from harm. In comparison to most sharks, they mature quit quickly, and only live about 15 years.
Sometimes caught as bycatch, these animals are often taken for their meat, as some say it is positively delicious (yum, mercury). The number of saw sharks has declined due to commercial fishing, but not all have been assessed by the IUCN.
Main differences between the saw shark vs. saw fish
Side of shark
Alternate between large/small
Get up to 1.5 m (5 ft)
Up to 7 m (23 ft)
Again, thanks! This one was really fun!