Enormous Rare Sea Creature Hauled From Depths By Florida Shark F - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Enormous Rare Sea Creature Hauled From Depths By Florida Shark Fisherman

Photos of this rare sea creature, which was released after being caught, are courtesy of Mark Quartiano Photos of this rare sea creature, which was released after being caught, are courtesy of Mark Quartiano

YAHOO.COM - Mark Quartiano has caught thousands of sharks, and hooked clients up with thousands more. In fact, the Florida captain is famously known as Mark the Shark.

But until Saturday, Mark the Shark had not encountered anything quite like the monstrous skate that he described as looking "like some kind of dinosaur."

It was a rare catch for an angler, indeed. Quartiano said this shark relative's scientific name is Dactylobatus clarkii, and a quick Internet search revealed very little information about the species. However, on Monday, George H. Burgess of the Florida Museum of Natural History identified the creature as a roughtail stingray with the scientific name, Dasyatis centroura.

It resides in deeper continental shelf waters of the U.S. East Coast from off the Carolinas south to Uruguay, and in the eastern Atlantic.

"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," Burgess said. "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."

Quartiano, who was fishing with a Japanese film crew, had dropped a whole bonito to the bottom off Miami Beach. Before long, line began to spin from his reel.

"I was fishing at about 500 feet and we were trying to catch a shark for their TV show," the captain said. "I hooked that monster and it took about four hours to bring it up. At first I thought it was a large thresher shark, because that's kind of the way they fight."

One of the film crew had underwater gear and captured footage that will be released later this year or early next year, Quartiano said.

Quartiano's crew winched the giant creature out of the water for "three or four minutes" for a photo opportunity, then set it free. Mark the Shark estimated its weight at 800 pounds.

"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."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Seahawks legend Cortez Kennedy dies at 48

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 1:20 PM EDT2017-05-23 17:20:37 GMT

    KHQ.COM - Seattle Seahawks legend and NFL Hall of Famer, Cortez Kennedy, is dead at the age of 48. TMZ Sports says they confirmed the news with the Orlando Police Department who say "there is nothing suspicious" about his death. The cause of his death is still unknown. Cortez played his entire eleven-season career with the Seattle Seahawks from 1990 - 2001.

    >>

    KHQ.COM - Seattle Seahawks legend and NFL Hall of Famer, Cortez Kennedy, is dead at the age of 48. TMZ Sports says they confirmed the news with the Orlando Police Department who say "there is nothing suspicious" about his death. The cause of his death is still unknown. Cortez played his entire eleven-season career with the Seattle Seahawks from 1990 - 2001.

    >>
  • Car manages to roll in crash at Sprague and Freya

    Car manages to roll in crash at Sprague and Freya

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 4:12 PM EDT2017-05-23 20:12:46 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It's not a typical place you'd see a rollover crash, but a red SUV rolled onto its side, shattering the windshield, in a crash at Sprague and Freya on Tuesday just before noon. Police say a blue SUV (not pictured) attempted to make a left hand turn where it's not permitted, and while crossing traffic, he t-boned the red SUV.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It's not a typical place you'd see a rollover crash, but a red SUV rolled onto its side, shattering the windshield, in a crash at Sprague and Freya on Tuesday just before noon. Police say a blue SUV (not pictured) attempted to make a left hand turn where it's not permitted, and while crossing traffic, he t-boned the red SUV.

    >>
  • Spokane Police say missing 10-year-old boy found safe

    Spokane Police say missing 10-year-old boy found safe

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 1:18 PM EDT2017-05-23 17:18:54 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Spokane Police say 10-year-old Jeremy Clough has been found and is safe as of 11:18 p.m. Monday night. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Spokane Police say 10-year-old Jeremy Clough has been found and is safe as of 11:18 p.m. Monday night. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • National NewsMore>>

  • Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 23rd

    Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 23rd

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 5:45 PM EDT2017-05-23 21:45:12 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 23rd.

    >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 23rd.

    >>
  • Mad Minute stories from Monday, May 22nd

    Mad Minute stories from Monday, May 22nd

    Monday, May 22 2017 5:38 PM EDT2017-05-22 21:38:31 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Monday, May 22nd.

    >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Monday, May 22nd.

    >>
  • Mad Minute stories from Friday, May 19th

    Mad Minute stories from Friday, May 19th

    Friday, May 19 2017 8:09 PM EDT2017-05-20 00:09:07 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Friday, May 19th.

    >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Friday, May 19th.

    >>