Giant skate caught, released off Miami Beach

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Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 2:41 pm | Updated: 4:18 pm, Tue Nov 26, 2013.

MIAMI, Fla. - A Florida fisherman who hooked an 800-pound deep sea beast in the waters off Miami Beach says the mysterious fish was like “a dinosaur.”

Captain Mark Quartiano, a charter boat operator who also goes by “Mark the Shark,” is seen grinning next to his fearsome catch in an Instagram photo he posted over the weekend.

The monster is better known as a Dactylobatus clarkii, a deep sea species also referred to as “hookskate” or “fingerskate.” It inhabits muddy sea depths of up to 1,000 feet.

This one measures in at around 14 feet, including the tail, and was caught in waters of about 500 feet deep, Quartiano said.

Quartiano said he released the fish back into the ocean shortly after tagging it, as he had no other use for it.  “Stingrays are usually pretty good to eat, but this one as table fare? I don’t know how that would work out,” he said.

Read more on this story at ABC News.

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