Bring your Valentine to this interesting lecture by Dr. Dean Grubbs, Ph.D, Associate Research Faculty. The sawfishes are large, formidable marine predators and also the most endangered of all groups of marine fishes. The smalltooth sawfish, which grows to more than 16 feet in length - making it among the largest coastal fishes in the world â€“ has only remnant populations that are concentrated in southwest Florida and portions of the Bahamas. Very little was known about their ecology, migration, growth rates or reproduction prior to the population declines, thus impeding recovery predictions. Over the past nine years, we have focused our research on uncovering the mysteries of sawfish habitat use and movement patterns, and understanding their reproductive biology, recently discovering locations where mating and birthing take place. In addition to discussing these findings and the future for smalltooth sawfish in Florida, Dean will show a video from his work documenting for the first time ever, the birth of wild sawfish.
Thursday, February 14 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm
FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory, Auditorium 3618 Hwy, 98, St. Teresa, FL 32358