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Florida Angler Hooks and Releases Rare 800-pound Sea Creature

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Captain Mark Quartiano earned his nickname “Mark the Shark” from years of experience fishing off the coast of Florida, but even he was stunned by his monstrous catch on Saturday. According to CBS Miami, Quartiano hooked the large creature while filming for a series of fishing shows in Miami waters. He identified the stingray as a member of the Dactylobatus clarkii species, relatives of the shark and commonly known as fingerskates or hookskates.

“I’ve caught one like it before, but never that size, not in the last 30 years I’ve been doing this,” Quartiano told ABC News. “It’s a very rare fish. It’s like a big gigantic whipping stingray. It’s a dinosaur.”

At about 14 feet in length and clocking in at 800 pounds, Quartiano says the hookskate is likely very old. When the angler managed to bring the beast aboard his boat, he found it was covered in barnacles.

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