It's a rarity to capture a sawfish on our longline, but when we're off the coast of Sanibel, we're almost guaranteed to see some big sharks! We set the line, and wait an hour for it to soak. After an hour, the fun begins! The first big shark of the day was a gorgeous 7-8 foot lemon! We measure the sharks, take a quick genetics sample, and let them go on their way. After the excitement of the lemon, we caught a good-size hammerhead and a couple big nurse sharks! We also caught a handful of smaller sharks, such as blacktips and sharpnose. Apparently there were a few other LARGE sharks down there. We pulled up this poor guy, and were reminded that there's always a bigger fish:
In the end, we didn't capture what we were after, but we still got some good science done!