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Florida fisherman captures 800-lb stingray

A Florida fisherman captured an 800-pound deep-water stingray in the waters off Miami Beach over the weekend. (Photo courtesy Mark the Shark)
November 26, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A Florida fisherman captured an 800-pound deep-water stingray in the waters off Miami Beach over the weekend.

Mark Quartiano, known as Mark the Shark, says he's caught thousands of sharks, but never encountered anything like this.

"It's a very rare fish. It's like a big gigantic whipping stingray. It's a dinosaur," Quartiano told ABC News.

Known as a Dactylobatus clarkii, the creature measured in at around 14 feet and was caught in waters about 500 feet deep. Quartiano made the catch while shooting a series of TV shows for a Japanese network.

The fish was captured, tagged and released back into the ocean.

In October, an 18-foot oarfish was found dead in the water off Catalina Island. Then just days later, the carcass of a 14-foot oarfish washed up at a beach in Oceanside.

ABC News contributed to this report.


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