MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – A rarely seen sea creature that normally lives at the depths of the ocean has been snagged by Captain Mark Quartiano, better known as Mark the Shark.
The odd-looking creature was caught off Miami Beach. According to Quarantino, who posted the photograph in his Instagram account over the weekend, the huge beast is a Dactylobatus clarkii or Hookskate.READ MORE: South Florida Students Face Serious Charges, Lifelong Consequences For School Threats
Mark the Shark told CBSMiami.com that he caught the monster in local waters while shooting a series of shows for a Japanese television network.READ MORE: 'He Understood Sacrifice': Former Florida Rep. Donna Shalala Remembers Bob Dole As Selfless War Hero
The beast was captured, tagged and released back into the ocean.MORE NEWS: Biden Administration Implementing New Travel Rules To Help Combat Spread Of Omicron Variant
Very little is known about the Hookskate. It mostly inhabits muddy bottoms of the continental slope at depths of 1,000 feet in the western central and southwest Atlantic.