A Coelacanth was caught Jan 3 in the Mozambique Channel off the Comoro Islands, by a fisherman from the port of Maroni.
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.