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RE: Another Coelacanth Caught



Richard, et al:

From Wikipedia (and it matches books and papers I've seen, up until about 2
years ago).  Note that it already included the latest discovery:

Timeline of discoveries:
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Date - Description:
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1938 - (December 23) Discovery of the first modern coelacanth 30 km SW of East London, South Africa.
1952 - (December 21) Second specimen identified in the Comoros. Since then more than 200 have been caught around the islands.
1988 - First photographs of coelacanths in their natural habitat, by Hans Fricke off Grand Comore.
1991 - First coelacanth identified near Mozambique, 24 km offshore NE of Quelimane.
1995 - First recorded coelacanth on Madagascar, 30 km S of Tuléar.
1997 (September 18) - New species of coelacanth found in Indonesia.
2000 - A group found by divers off Sodwana Bay, South Africa.
2001 - A group found off the coast of Kenya.
2003 - First coelacanth caught by fisherman in Tanzania. Within the year, 22 were caught in total.
2004 - Canadian researcher William Sommers captured the largest recorded specimen of coelacanth off the coast of Madagascar.
2007 (May 19) - Indonesian fisherman Justinus Lahama caught a 4 feet long,112 pound coelacanth off Sulawesi Island near Bunaken National Marine Park that survived for 17 hours in a quarantined pool.
2007 (July 15) - Two fishermen from Zanzibar caught a 60lbs. and 1.34 meter long Coelacanth. The fish was caught off the North tip of Zanzibar
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Estimated total population (circa 1998) - 500. (On international endangered species list).

Hope this helps,

Allan Edels


From: "Richard W. Travsky" <rtravsky@uwyo.edu>
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Just out of curiousity, how many have been caught?

http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?alias=zanzibar-fishermen-land-a&chanId=sa003&modsrc=reuters
July 15, 2007
Zanzibar fishermen land ancient fish

ZANZIBAR (Reuters) - Fishermen in Zanzibar have caught a coelacanth, an ancient fish once thought to have become extinct when it disappeared from fossil records 80 million years ago, an official said on Sunday.

Researcher Nariman Jidawi of Zanzibar's Institute of Marine Science said the fish was caught off the tropical island's northern tip.
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