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When Fish Are Friends Not Food
In the 2003 hit film Finding Nemo, there’s a scene where a shiver of sharks are attending a meeting not unlike Alcoholics Anonymous in which the sharks repeat the pledge that “fish are friends not food”.
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This Odd Deep-Sea Fish Can Hold Its Breath For Four Minutes
Coffinfish use their enormous inflatable gills to fill their body with seawater—the first such discovery ever made in a fish.
About Coelacanth

The primitive-looking coelacanth (pronounced SEEL-uh-kanth) was thought to have gone extinct with the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. But its discovery in 1938 by a South African museum curator on a local fishing trawler fascinated the world and ignited a debate about how this bizarre lobe-finned fish fits into the evolution of land animals.

There are only two known species of coelacanths: one that lives near the Comoros Islands off the east coast of Africa, and one found in the waters off Sulawesi, Indonesia. Many scientists believe that the unique characteristics of the coelacanth represent an early step in the evolution of fish to terrestrial four-legged animals like amphibians.

Fast Facts 

Type: Fish

Diet: Carnivore

Average life span in the wild: Up to 60 years

Size: 6.5 ft (2 m)

Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)

Group name: School

Did you know? A coelacanth's miniscule brain occupies only 1.5 percent of its cranial cavity; the rest is filled with fat.


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