What Is The "Four-Legged Fossil Fish" Found In The Indian Ocean?

What Is The “Four-Legged Fossil Fish” Found In The Indian Ocean?

The coelacanth species is a rare fish species that was believed to have gone extinct along with dinosaurs millions of years ago. But recently the rare fish species were found alive in the Indian Ocean. A report was submitted from Mongabay; which is a US-based non-profit conservation and environmental science news platform stating that the rare coelacanth species (Latimeria chalumnae) were found alive. The rare species was found in the West Indian Ocean off the coast of Madagascar by a group of South African shark hunters.

What Is The “Four-Legged Fossil Fish” About?

420 million years ago “four-legged fossil fish” was the name that the coelacanth species was called. This species lives at depths between 100 and 500 meters in the undersea canyons. And as per Mongabay’s report, the fish weighs up to 90 kilograms. In 1938 a group of Marine fishers also rediscovered the coelacanth for the first time after millions of years. They were the ones who set the gill-nets off the southwest coast of Madagascar. The people were shocked when they got to know the coelacanth alive; even though they thought they were an extinct species. From that time many reports were stating that the fishers off the coastlines of South Africa; Tanzania, and the Comoros Islands caught the coelacanth. They also stated that they found a different coelacanth species in the Indonesian waters.

What Is The "Four-Legged Fossil Fish" Found In The Indian Ocean?

As of May 2020, there are at least 330 plus reports; about the capture of coelacanth according to a new study published in the SA Journal of Science. And they have been added to the list of critically endangered species. The species are in danger due to shark hunting.

How Does It Look Like?

The lead study author Andrew Cooke told Mongabay; “When we looked into this further, we were astounded even though there has been no proactive process in Madagascar to monitor or conserve coelacanths,”.  The researchers also said that “The jarifa gill-nets used to catch sharks are a relatively new and more deadly innovation as they are large and can be set in deep water. There is little doubt that large mesh jarifa gill-nets are now the biggest threat to the survival of coelacanths in Madagascar.”

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