In early March 2016, the team at the Bimini Biological Field Station (the ‘Shark Lab’) had an encounter with one of the most threatened animals in our oceans: a sawfish. Lab manager Jack Massuger caught the enigmatic elasmobranch on camera while flying a DJI Phantom drone off South Bimini in The Bahamas. The video clip featuring a Critically Endangered smalltooth sawfish Pristis pectinata was a hit on social media and showcased its huge size, incredible camouflage against the seabed and bizarre head-weaponry.
Samuel, better known as Doc, has been studying sharks for 50 years. He discovered how sharks see and even gave us insights into how they think. He founded the Bimini Biological Field Station in 1990, and has been training and inspiring young shark researchers ever since.