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Fossil of coelacanth

Average size for a coelacanth is 6.5 ft. Average life span is 60 years.

Read more about coelacanths here!

Coelacanths are nicknamed "Living Fossils" and "Old Fourlegs"

Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer, with a coelacanth she stuffed

The first living coelacanth was found by Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer, who was invited to a dock to examine a strange fish.She took sketches and sent them to an expert, who identified it as a coelacanth.


Coelacanths were thought to be extinct for millions of years, but, they were just living in underwater caves

The fins of the Coelacanth are like paired limbs that move in a pattern like a trotting horse.

Currently, there are only 2 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.

Click on this to learn more about Majorie Courtenay-Latimer


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