The coelacanth is a “living fossil”, because its fossils were found long before the actual discovery of a live specimen. The coelacanth is thought to have first evolved approximately 400 million years ago. The fish has a foul taste and is inedible. The natural habitat of the fish is 120m below the surface of the ocean and has resulted in the death of numerous divers who have attempted to film it. The fish is associated with Dr JLB Smith who identified and confirmed the catch by fisherman Captain Hendrick Goosen and discovery by museum curator Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer.
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