Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 9th, 2006
Boing Boing has posted an intriguing entry on “Coelacanths in Danger” today.
Who would ever have thought that the coelacanth, “rediscovered” in 1938 & 1952 (off Africa) and then, shockingly, “rediscovered” in 1998 (off Sumatra), would be the topic so quickly of them going extinct.
As Boing Boing’s David Pescovitz observes:
The coelacanth is a fish that was thought to have been extinct for the last 65 million years until it showed up in 1938 near South Africa. Apparently though, it’s really on the verge of extinction this time. Last year, 25 of them were accidentally caught in shallow-water nets. This is unusual because the fish are known to live at depths of 100 to 300 meters.
Meanwhile, what ever happened to the probable new finds of different coelacanth species in other oceans of the world?