Coelacanth Mysterious Living Fossil Fish Outlived Dinosaurs Can Survive For 100 Years

Coelacanth Mysterious Living Fossil Fish Outlived Dinosaurs Can Survive For 100 Years

Highlights:

  • The mysterious fish called ‘living fossil’ has been present on the earth since the time of the dinosaurs.
  • This fish can live for about 100 years and it takes 5 years to give a baby.
  • This fish was considered extinct from the world until the 1930s.

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The mysterious fish Coelacanth, which is called ‘living fossil’, has been present on the earth since the time of dinosaurs and it can live for about 100 years. Not only this, after getting pregnant this fish takes 5 years to give a child. A recent research has revealed about this very beautiful fish. It was considered extinct until the 1930s. However, it was later found on the coast of South Africa.

The mystery about this amazing fish did not end there as research has found that this nocturnal fish can be the size of a human. It grows very slowly and can live up to 100 years. This fish becomes sexually ready when it is about 50 years old and it gives a child after about 5 years of being pregnant.

Only two species of coelacanth fish
According to French researchers, it takes 40 to 69 years for a male fish to mature. This fish is battling for its survival and scientists have been able to study only those fish that have either been caught or killed. Like sharks and other deep-water fish, this fish also grows old slowly. So far only two species of this fish coelacanth fish have been found.

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One of these fish is found in the Comoros Islands off the east coast of Africa and the other in the waters off the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. This fish lives 2300 feet below the surface. Recently, underwater shark hunters caught alive this extinct fish of the dinosaur era off the coast of Madagascar, settled in the Indian Ocean. This species of fish is about 42 million years old.

threat to the existence of fish
There are also special stripes on the huge body of this fish. According to a research in the South African Journal of Science, the existence of coelacanth fish is threatened due to shark hunting. Shark hunting has intensified since the 1980s. The researchers said that the jilnet of hunters is a very dangerous pursuit to catch the shark. They are so huge that they can trap sharks even in the deep sea.

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