A huge sawfish was discovered dead in the Lower Keys, police said.

A large sawfish — a federally protected species — was found dead Tuesday afternoon near a popular boating spot in the Lower Keys, police said.

The 14-foot sawfish, weighing between 400 and 500 pounds, was taken to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission lab in Port Charlotte and a necropsy is pending, said Melody Kilborn, FWC’s southwest region spokeswoman. She said an update will be available Thursday.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said the fish was found dead at about 2 p.m. near Marvin Key.

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