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Up until 1938 the Coelacanth was thought to be an extinct lobe-finned fish that died out some 350 million years ago, long before the Dinosaurs disappeared. Amazingly in December 1938 Hendrick Goosen caught a live Coelacanth in the waters of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Cape Town in South Africa.

The discovery of living Coelacanths is used to demonstrate that there could be many more prehistoric species in the depths of the sea that we still consider to be long extinct.

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