|Photo 1: Image posted to Instagram by Josh Boyd.|
|Photo 2 (left): open umbilical scar. Photo 3 (right): rostrum partially covered in a jelly-like sheath.|
Field team members prepare to release a young-of-the-year smalltooth sawfish at the Flamingo Campground on October 21, 2014. L to R: Holli Wood, Tonya Wiley-Lescher, Dana Bethea and Grace Casselberry.
Since our return, I have been sharing this unique story of scientists connecting with the public through social media. I want the public to know that it takes cooperation from all stakeholders to accomplish this research. This is, I believe, an awesome example of crowd-sourced science and should be used to promote smalltooth sawfish awareness, especially in southwest Florida where it is needed most.