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Many are the species that have lived on our planet and have become extinct or have evolved into the creatures that today live and roam land and sea.

Throughout the centuries, scientists have been discovering fossils of those that no longer exist and with them, they have been filling the various gaps in the evolutionary lines giving us a better understanding of how life has developed.

A species of fish older even than dinosaurs called Coelacanth was presumed extinct at least 66 million years ago, yet a specimen of this fish was recently found alive off the coast of Madagascar.

The coelacanth is presumed to have inhabited the Earth’s seas 420 million years ago. It was¬†thought to have become extinct since it had disappeared from the fossil record, however, in 1938 new specimens of this species were sighted for the first time that he basically rose from the dead.

During the last decades, the shark trade for their fins and their skin has raised the levels of fishing in the Indian Ocean, so that fishermen using gillnets have reached greater depths to fish for sharks and alongside them, they also found on several occasions the West Indian Ocean coelacanths.

This eight-finned nocturnal hunter fish typically lives between 300 and 1500 feet deep in the steep canyons of the Indian Ocean floor. In addition to being a species of millions of years, it is distinguished by its large eyes and a small mouth, as well as by a series of patterns of white spots all over its body full of scales that it uses as armor against predators. It is estimated that they can live an average of 60 years and can weigh 200 pounds.

 

Fishermen Find Thought-To-Be-Extinct Fish

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This new specimen recently found by fishermen joins the shortlist of individuals found. It is believed that there are not many more survivors of this ancient species and that is why it is in the classification of endangered species, a danger increasingly exacerbated by mass fishing.

We hope that the discovery of this new fish will provoke in the authorities the initiative and efforts to conserve this incredible species and prevent its second extinction.