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Coelacanth The coelacanth is the animal that I did research on and found many intersting facts pertaining to the coelacanth The coelacanth is a fish with characteristics that differ and vary from modern day fish The coelacanth has some effect on the countries around the locations where they are being seen The coelacanth appeared about 350 million years ago and were abundant over much of the world Thought to be extinct 60 million years ago but in 1936 a living member was caught in the Indian Ocean near Africa It was thought to become extinct the same time as the dinosaurs The scientific name is Latimeria chalumnae In some parts of the world it is known as the Kombessa In Sulawesi they called it Raja laut meaning king of the sea Some features to this fish are relative to others and different The coelacanth that was caught was four feet in length and weighed 64 pounds however the average height and weight is five feet and 100 pounds It is a sarcoptergian a lobe finned fish related to lungfish Unlike other bony fish its pectoral and pelvic fins are muscular It has fins that are able to move 180 degrees so it can swim forwards backwards and even upside down In terms of reproduction it is an ovoviviparous This means that the female keeps the eggs inside her body to protect them as they develop to the hatchling stage The coelacanth will definitely catch your eye if you see it out of water It hs white scale flecks set against a cobalt blue body color that offers excellent camouflage It has a hollow dorsal fin fan tail heavy scales and lobe fins It can be found in the cold dark waters 1313-1970 ft deep off the Comoro Islands which lay In the Mozambique Channel near the nor thern tip of Madagascar The retinas of its eyes inclue a reflective layer that helps it
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