Ancient Rare “Extinct” Coelacanth Caught

A coelacanth was caught in Zanzibar, which is the name for an archipelago in the Indian Ocean 25–50 km off the coast of East Africa.

It is an ancient fish once thought to have become extinct when it disappeared from fossil records 80 million years ago. The coelacanth that the fishermen caught weighed 27 kg (60 lb) and was 1.34 meters long. Coelacanths are the only living animals to have a fully functional intercranial joint, a division separating the ear and brain from the nasal organs and eye and unlike other fish, they also give birth to live young.