Razor-sharp sawfish snout seized from Regina airport

A Saskatchewan man tried to bring an extra set of teeth back from Australia, but got into trouble when they were from an endangered species.

Animal on list of endangered species

Canada Border Services seized this freshwater sawfish rostrum from a man returning to Saskatchewan from Australia on May 21, 2015. (Canada Border Services Agency )

A Saskatchewan man tried to bring an extra set of teeth back from Australia, but got into trouble when they were from an endangered species.

Canada Border Services Agency seized the tooth-studded snout of a freshwater sawfish, called a rostrum, from a man returning to Canada this May via the Regina International Airport.

Two Canada Border Services officers pose next to a freshwater sawfish rostrum that was seized on May 21, 2015. The freshwater sawfish is an endangered animal. (Canada Border Services Agency)

The sawfish rostrum is a couple of feet long and has sharp teeth sticking straight out on either side. Freshwater sawfish are listed as endangered species in Australia and under international trade acts.

Border Services wouldn't say whether the rostrum was to be used as a decoration or a weapon. Environment Canada is investigating. 

Sawfish are found in numerous locations worldwide. This juvenile smalltooth sawfish in the Charlotte Harbor estuarine system in Florida is similar in appearance to Australia's freshwater sawfish. (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC))