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GANSBAAI, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08: (EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS DIGITAL IMAGE HAS BEEN CONVERTED TO BLACK AND WHITE) A Great White Shark is seen in the Indian Ocean near the town of Gans Bay on July 8, 2010 in Gansbaai, South Africa.

Talk about a whale of a tale! A Maine man on vacation catches a prehistoric fish off the coast of Florida!

Michael Treworgy was on vacation in the Sunshine State when he and his father went fishing for tarpon off Marco Island. Initially, things weren’t going well. “The day started off really bad,” Treworgy explained. “Every bait we put in the water, we couldn’t even get into position before losing it to small sharpnose sharks.

Treworgy and his dad were about to call it a day but their luck quickly changed. “I heard one of the lines hit and fast, and I knew it wasn’t going to be a little shark,” Treworgy said. “When I picked the rod up, I knew right away it wasn’t a tarpon either. This fish was running fast and hard in a straight line.

A 45 minute battle ensued. When he finally got a look at what was on the other end of the line, Treworgy knew he caught something very special. It was an endangered, prehistoric sawfish. He estimated it to be 13 feet long and tipping the scales at over 800 pounds! “When we finally got it up, you know, it’s a really rare fish, and you don’t want to hurt it or anything,” Treworgy said. “It was going to be a race to get the hook out as fast as we could. But fortunately, the fish shook its head, which broke the rod tip but also popped the hook right out of its mouth.

This Maine man went home with a great fishing story to share with family and friends. How often does anyone catch two of these prehistoric fish off the Florida coast withing minutes of each other. With estimates of the sawfish population ranging from 200 to 5000 in the world, Michael Treworgy has a tale to tell!  [SOURCE News Center Maine]