Florida captain angler known as “Mark the Shark‘ hauled an 800-pound deep-water stingray off Miami Beach on Saturday. He described the enormous rare sea creature ‘like some kind of dinosaur.’ Mark Quartiano said that this shark relative’s scientific name is Dactylobatus clarkii. However, George H. Burgess, Florida Museum of Natural History recognize the creature as a rough-tail stingray having the scientific name of ‘Dasyatis centroura.’
“Most anglers don’t bottom-fish in these deeper waters so they aren’t routinely seen by that user group, but commercial longline fishers and research biologists see the critter fairly commonly. Obviously large adults like this require heavy fishing gear and strong backs–they aren’t great fighters, but they weight a bunch and are prone to suck their body onto the bottom like a kiddie arrow tip. Once the suction is broken it’s basically a matter of hoisting up a big weight,” Burgess added.
According to Mark Quartiano:
“I was fishing at about 500 feet and we were trying to catch a shark for the TV show. I hooked that monster and it took about 4 hours to bring it up. At first I thought it was a large thresher shark, because that’s kind of the way they fight.”
Quartiano’s team pulled-up the enormous creature out of the water for “3 or 4 minutes” for a picture taking, then set it free.
“It was a big female and she swam away pretty quickly,” he said. “It was kind of cool to catch something new for a change. … When we first saw it we didn’t know what it was. It looked really odd … like some kind of dinosaur.”