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The coelacanth is a fish which was believed to have been extinct since the Cretaceous period. However, in 1938 a curator of a museum found a coelacanth in a catch of fish of a trawler off the coast of South Africa. Since then, they have been noted to appear in Comoros, Mozambique, Tanzania, Madagascar, and even in Indonesia. The fish is blue with silver markings and grows to over six and a half feet long. Its population is estimated to be at a number of around 500

The fish was discovered (found) by the crew of the trawler 'Nerine", not by the curator, Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer, of the East London Museum - she made sure it was saved for science! Coelacanths are also found in South Africa and Kenya and it is steel blue/grey with white to pale pink spots and blotches in patterns unique to the individual. The population is unknown - the estimate of 500 or less was guesswork following surveys in the Comoro Islands. It is quite clear that, although nowhere abundant, the coelacanth is widely distributes throughout the western Indian Ocean.

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Where is the coelacanths habitat?

Coelacanths have been found off the coast of southern Africa near Madagascar.

What do coelacanths eat?

Coelacanths eat whatever they find as they drift in the current. Because they can lift the upper jaw as well as move the lower jaw, coelacanths can open their mouths quite far to suck prey from crevices

Are the coelacanths okay?

Not really. In 1995, results from a dive counted about 40 coelacanths. The number has changed since then, but coelacanths are still nowhere near abundant. South African fisherman who fish for oilfish sometimes catch a coelacanth by accident. Without the strength to swim hundreds of meters back to their habitat, they usually die. Some of them get sold to scientists. As far as we know, coelacanths are very rare. Prior to around 1940, we thought they were extinct. They are still in danger.

How did the coelacanth live?

The Coelacanth was born 300 million years ago ; The time of the dinosaurs! Coelacanths were due to extintion in year 1938, when the first coelacanths were caught. Luckly, they're still alive.

Where would coelacanths be located on a branching tree diagram?

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What did the Coelacanth eat?

Coelacanths eat whatever they find as they drift in the current. Because they can lift the upper jaw as well as move the lower jaw, coelacanths can open their mouths quite far to suck prey from crevices

How do coelacanths take care of their young?

The mother coelacanth keeps the fertilized eggs within her body for over a year. The eggs hatch inside her, and the fully formed young coelacanths emerge, ready to fend for themselves.

What type of fish is a coelacanths?

The bony fish. They are also known as lobe-finned fishes.

Why has it been difficult to find coelacanths?

it has been difficult to find Coelacanths because it lives depth range of 600- 1,000 feet under water and cause its in the Indian Ocean near Southern Africa.It was also called the missing link.

What is the oddest fish in the world.?

Coelacanth coelacanths had become extinct 60 or 70 million years ago

Do coelacanths live near Grand Cayman?

No. You are not even close. They live around the Comoros Islands & in Indonesia

What is the name of the type of fish that the fishermen seek in Angel's Egg?

Coelacanths (A great film by Mamoru Oshii!) .

Are lobe-finned fish with paddle-like fins similar to limbs in land animals?

the coelacanths

Are coelacanths extinct?

No it used to be a cryptid and had many sightings. someone caught one in africa so no it's alive.

Lobe-finned fish with paddle-like fins similar to limbs in land animals?


What are lobe-finned fish with paddle-like fins similar to limbs in land animals?


Is The Coelacanth Extinct?

No, Since 1938 There have been many reports even a caught Coelacanths around central Indonesia and in along side the coast of Africa, The Indian ocean side. Coelacanths were thought to be Extinct 65 Million years ago, But by Actual Footage I Have seen I can assure you the Coelacanth is alive.

Where are coelacanths located?

These are very rare fish and few have been found. The first ever discovered was found near the mouth of the Chalumna River, in the Indian Ocean. The second was found off of Anjouan Island. They are most abundant in the waters of the Comoros. An extensive history and description of the coelacanths can be found at

What group of fishes were able to walk on land?

lobe-finned fishes and two of them are the lungfishes and the coelacanths but mostly the LOBE-FINNED FISHES

Are coelacanths still alive?

This is the astounding coelacanth ("see-la-kanth"), the fusion of life and time, that following a supposed extinction of 65 million years, head-lined into human consciousness with its discovery alive in 1938. Called "Old Four Legs" and the "Living Fossil," the Coelacanth quickly became the continuing obsessive focus of journalists, crypto biologists, scientists, eccentric explorers, aquariums, and divers . The African Coelacanths are dark blue, whereas the Indonesian coelacanths may be more brown than blue. They both have distinctive white flecks.

Tell what you know about Coelacanths?

The coelacanths are a primitive form of fish related to lungfishes and tetrapods They have been present in the Earth's oceans since the end of the Cretaceous period. They are presently found in the Comoros, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar, and in iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa. With this distribution the number of individual fish is probably in the hthousands.

The coelacanth adaptation?

they grew four legs to help it survive Nonsense. The Coelacanths have no legs now and never did...they are fish and they and their relatives always have been fish. Coelacanths belong to a group of fishes nearly all of which have been extinct for millions of years called Crossopterygians (lobe-finned fishes), and the classification of those lobe-finned fishes has become very complex. Let me just say that the Coelacanths are related to a group of extinct lobe-finned fishes known as Rhipidistians, and one group of Rhipidistians almost certainly gave rise to the first land-dwelling vertebrates, the tetrapods - specifically, the Amphibia.

Where can Coelacanths live?

Coelacanth is the common name for an order of fish that includes the oldest living lineage of Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fish + tetrapods) known to date. Until its recent discovery it was believed that the Coelecanth became extinct 65 million years ago. There are only two known species of coelacanths: one that lives near the Comoros Islands off the east coast of Africa, and one found in the waters off Sulawesi, Indonesia. Coelacanths are elusive, deep-sea creatures, living in depths up to 2,300 feet (700 meters) below the surface.

Where do Coelacanths come from?

Coleacanths were discovered in year 1938. They were made 300 million years ago. This is why they're called living fossils. They are saltwater fish.

What are the adaptations of coelacanths?

They can slow down their metabolisms, minimizing their nutrulism needs, technically hybernating their bodies, which is why most scientists believe they live so long.