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  • Blaaze's Avatar
    2 posts since Feb '06
    • anyone know if they are sold in fish shop?

      all about coelacanth

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      The strange-looking coelacanth is considered to be a living fossil. They were thought have been extinct since the end of the cretaceous period over 65 million years ago. Fossils of the fish have been found that date back over 410 million years. But in 1938, a local fisherman caught a live coelacanth off the coast of South Africa. A second specimen was discovered in 1952 off the coast of the the Comoro islands. Since then, live coelacanths have been sighted and photographed in the wild.Coelacanths (pronounced See-la-canths) or lobe-fins are a strange group of fishes that appeared 300 million years ago and until very recently were believed to have been extinct for at least 50 million years. One of the greatest surprises in the field of science came about when a living Coelacanth was captured off the southern coast of Africa in 1937. Named Latimeria chalumnae, The excitement is due to the fact that the capture of the fish is about equivalent to the sudden appearance of a live dinosaur in Louisiana or North Carolina.

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  • ditzy's Avatar
    67,665 posts since Dec '03
  • Blaaze's Avatar
    2 posts since Feb '06
  • ShutterBug's Avatar
    6,078 posts since Feb '04
    • I think a marine creature like this, would be considered Protected Species and not to be sold as pets?

      The people who will be more successful in acquiring it would likely be our UnderWater World at Sentosa.

      You can view it at a fee of $12 perhaps?

  • ditzy's Avatar
    67,665 posts since Dec '03
    • Originally posted by Blaaze:
      i look 4 small one

      When they manage to find a small one or make it breed in captivity, they'll spare you one ok? Laughing

  • Kuali Baba's Avatar
    24,120 posts since Nov '03
  • the Bear's Avatar
    149,791 posts since Feb '01
    • Mad

      it's a living fossil and probably one of the rarest things on earth or in the sea..

      too many have been fished up due to ignorance..

  • SBS9828X's Avatar
    10,899 posts since Feb '05
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    10,413 posts since Feb '05
  • Troy437's Avatar
    4,280 posts since May '04
    • YOu won't be able to care for it at all, if you even get one.
      It take a lot of effort to take care of it....its a prehistoric creature!!

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  • LancerVII's Avatar
    586 posts since Feb '05
    • even if he wanna buy, he might not have a chance coz it will be a protected endangered species.. even if he bought it, will he have a fish tank which is big enough to store tat fish? Laughing

  • the Bear's Avatar
    149,791 posts since Feb '01
    • fully grown, it's about 6 feet long...

      it's a cold water fish.. stress will kill it..

  • ditzy's Avatar
    67,665 posts since Dec '03
    • Maybe it'll be like koi. Koi only grow as large as the pond that is able to accomodate them. Laughing

  • the Bear's Avatar
    149,791 posts since Feb '01
    • nah.. it's deep cold water..

      seriously. there was a time they found one, and when the water started to warm up, it died.. it also needs deep water...

      the coelacanth kit which a group gives out to the people where it is found, actually sinks the fish back into deep water if it is accidentally caught by the fishermen in the area...

      Originally posted by ditzy:
      Maybe it'll be like koi. Koi only grow as large as the pond that is able to accomodate them. Laughing
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