The Field Guide to Coelacanth Replicas by Loren Coleman, International Cryptozoology Museum
In conjunction with the publication of my “Top Ten Coelacanth Stories of 2011,” and thanks to an inspiration from the Dinosaur Toy Forum, I share with you an overview of the replicas, models, and figurines generally available of the two species of coelacanth (the African, Latimeria chalumnae, and the Indonesian, Latimeria menadoensis). Also, I shall start a gathering here of a few of the museum coelacanth models.
Safari, Ltd’s coelacanth is of the African species. Photos (above) by bokisaurus and (below) by Safari.
Colorata’s replica (above) is of the Indonesian species, and is approximately the same size as the Safari figure. Photo by bokisaurus.
The “Indonesia Coelacanth” replica (above), packaged, front and back, was obtained directly from Japan. Photo by Brent Swancer.
The Colorata and Safari replicas (above) of the African and Indonesian coelacanths are displayed here chasing two smaller coelacanths apparently made by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S., but placed on another company’s display bases. Photos by bokisaurus.
The very dark Takara company’s coelacanth usually comes with a base that shows the name, as photographed here by sbell.
The above coelacanth is one that you make yourself, and is free. You can print it out and assemble it (in paper). For instructions, just click here. Photo by brontodocus.
This is the coelacanth from the “Colorata Endangered Species – Fossil Fish” series. It is an older version. Photos (above by brontodocus, and (below) by sbell.
The Epoch company’s coelacanth appears to be African. Photo by bokisaurus.
This coelacanth is from the Kaiyodo Deep Sea Odyssey Part 2 series. Photo by brontodocus.
The blue coelacanth in the back is another Kaiyodo version. Photo by bokisaurus.
A collection of coelacanth replicas, photographed by Seijun.
This is the keychain coelacanth, in pewter. They use to be also made in brass. This one was photographed by postsaurischain and obtained from “A to Zoo.”
Coelacanths are also to be found in museums, of course, in replica form. Here are some examples.
This is to be found in an Asian or African museum (exact details lacking).
I am moving here the 5.5 ft long full-scale fiberglass replica of the 1938 coelacanth, while re-curating the collection of the International Cryptozoology Museum of Portland, Maine. Photos (above) by Loren Coleman and (below) by John Platt.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.