A Coelacanth was caught Jan 3 in the Mozambique Channel off the Comoro Islands, by a fisherman from the port of Maroni.
GV of township of Maroni and seafront
STV of town
LV Coconut palms and seashore
LV Fishing boats amongst palms
LV Fishing boat on shore and looking out to sea
SV Fishermen in boat at sea, fishing
SV Fish being caught
CU Fishermen pull fish into boat
CU head of fish in boat
CU Fin on fish, PAN ALONG body of fish
LV Fishermen head for shore
SV Native children look on
SV Fishermen pull boat ashore
SV Men carry large box down to fishing boat
CU Fish being laid in large box
SV Men carry box with fish past camera
LV Interior of laboratory
SCU Fish lifted out of box and laid on table
SCU Side fin being examined
CU Dorsal fin being examined
CU Tail being examined
SCU PAN DOWN..fish being measured
SCU Particles etc. taken away between gills
CU Head of fish being examined
CU Laboratory worker
CU fish lowered into case filled with water
SV Case closed, addressed to destination in Paris
CU Address on lid of case to Laboratory in Paris
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Background: A Coelacanth was caught Jan 3 in the Mozambique Channel off the Comoro Islands, by a fisherman from the port of Maroni. The species had been believed to be extinct for millions of years, until the first of several was netted off the Cape of Good Hope in 1938.
It is thought the species may be a link between sea creatures and amphibians, although this has never been confirmed. The fish is covered with large black scales and has four large fins. Two of the fins resemble human arms.
Coelacanths prefer the cold water and greater pressure of the ocean bed do not like sunlight, for these reasons every attempt; to keep one alive for any time has failed.
An appeal went out to the scientific research institute in Tananarive, Madagascar, for advice on how to keep the fish alive long enough to study its habits. However, the fish died before any examination could be made. It will be sent to Paris for further examination.