Category Archive: Fish

May 17

Coelacanth: The Fish That Time Forgot

On 22 December 1938, Marjorie Courtney-Latimer, the museum curator of East London in South Africa, got an early Christmas present. She was friends with the captain of a local trawler, Hendrick Goosen, and on this particular day she found among his haul a most unusual and prehistoric-looking fish. Though she did not know what it …

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Jan 19

Into the Abyss Part 3: A Monstrous Miscellany

Welcome to the final article of Deep Sea Week. To round off this celebration of the weird, wild and wacky denizens of the deep, it’s time for a monstrous miscellany – a look at some of the animals cut from previous articles that were just too downright extraordinary and intriguing to ignore. Blobfish The infamous …

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Jan 15

Into the Abyss Part 1: Deep-Sea Fishing

The deep sea makes up almost 80% of the space on our planet available for life. This makes it easily the largest habitat on Earth. So far, we have explored a mere 1% of this vast space. This is hardly surprising when you consider that there are barely a dozen submersibles in the world that …

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Jan 13

Bizarre Animal of the Week: Barreleye

The most unexplored habitat on Earth is the ocean deep. We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the very bottom of our seas. But from what little we have explored, we have discovered a very strange and mysterious world, filled with creatures that can boggle the mind. Take this …

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