Rare Saw Fish Weapon, Nukuoro Atoll, Caroline Islands
Lot 37Y
Rare Saw Fish Weapon, Nukuoro Atoll, Caroline Islands
Sold for US$ 3,750 inc. premium
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Rare Saw Fish Weapon, Nukuoro Atoll, Caroline Islands
Saw fish rostrum cartilage
height 27 5/8in (70.5cm)

Provenance:
Private Collection, Germany

The most eye-catching feature of the sawfish is its saw-like snout, called a rostrum. The rostrum is covered with motion- and electro-sensitive pores that allow the fish to detect movement—and even the heartbeat of potential prey buried in the ocean floor. Once successful, the rostrum is then used as a digging tool to unearth buried prey.
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