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Monday, October 24, 2011

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: A SOUTH AMERICAN COELACANTH?


Dear folks

I have not had any time to study this, though I am sure that until a few days ago I had never heard of coelacanth-like fish off S.America. So it`s over to you to look into if you so desire.


Richard

2 comments:

Dale Drinnon said...

There ARE periodic rumours of Coelacanths in the Gulf of Mexico. However in this case, I believe the article is misprinting "South America" when it should have said "South Africa"

Best Wishes, Dale D.

Dr Karl Shuker said...

Sadly, no, such a thing cannot be - at least, not the instance cited here. What has happened, quite simply, is that this article's writer has confused South America with South Africa, because other than getting the continent wrong (!), the report is a relatively accurate account of the discovery on 22 December 1938 of the first-ever scientifically-documented specimen of living coelacanth, caught off East London in South Africa. Indeed, East London is even mentioned by name in the report.