Coelacanth Extinction?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 9th, 2006

Boing Boing has posted an intriguing entry on “Coelacanths in Danger” today.

Who would ever have thought that the coelacanth, “rediscovered” in 1938 & 1952 (off Africa) and then, shockingly, “rediscovered” in 1998 (off Sumatra), would be the topic so quickly of them going extinct.

As Boing Boing’s David Pescovitz observes:

The coelacanth is a fish that was thought to have been extinct for the last 65 million years until it showed up in 1938 near South Africa. Apparently though, it’s really on the verge of extinction this time. Last year, 25 of them were accidentally caught in shallow-water nets. This is unusual because the fish are known to live at depths of 100 to 300 meters.

Meanwhile, what ever happened to the probable new finds of different coelacanth species in other oceans of the world?

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. 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. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

5 Responses to “Coelacanth Extinction?”

  1. Doug responds:

    Don’t know if they are going extinct or not, since (to my knowledge)there has not been a census of them taken. It does seem likely, though, since that many have been caught and so few are seen. My concern is what could possibly causing them to move up from the depths? This could help to prevent extinction if it were known.

  2. 2400bc responds:

    According to the religion of evolution things go extinct because something better is taking its place, so evolutionists should be pleased to hear the coelacanth is finally “moving on” to make room for a more fit creature.

  3. Loren Coleman responds:

    Cryptomundo reader and correspondent, Dr. Victor Springer, former Curator of Fishes, and currently Senior Scientist Emeritus at the Smithsonian, sends along the following reply to 2400bc’s above remarks, with permission to post it here:

    “Unless this comment above was tongue-in-cheek, the notion that stated species go extinct because or when something better is replacing them is off base. Species can go extinct because of natural phenomena (e.g., a lake with endemic species drying up because the springs that were feeding it dried up) or changes caused by human-induced phenomena, such as pollution or overfishing.”

  4. bach responds:

    You have to think this fish went off the maps for 65 million years we only have seen a few of them in the last 100 years maby this is like a great awaking for them like they went into a massive hybernation during one of the mass extinctions and are now all just waking up and some that were sick,old. or even just needing to breed (like catfish come to the shallow banks) but they are natrualy deep ocean fish so maby they just went back to the deep

  5. kailis responds:

    they went, all to hiding. along with the Lemurian race, and all other civilizations in past before the great deluge. And are only waking in the last century, for the New Age to dawn, the end of the fifth sun, waking in soelfeggio, the zero year, the centre of being, transit of venus, 13 cycles per second within the divine spiral- Schumann Resonance , the whole beings. as are Lemurian energy born to human beings, to show us how we fell before, and how to bring forth what is within us, to not make the same mistake, and within the next few years. it is our destiny, unless we enlighten ourselves, -resonate to the proper frequency-.
    or in millions of years, they will doubt we existed. sluff us off to terrible evolution.those few, remaining. -according to our current age, Kali-Yuga, about 4320 beings.
    It is, in fact- in reply to script from “bach”- not only a great awakening for this ancient form, but for all forms.
    those who do not float in kali-yuga, will sink, and drown.

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