Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Indonesian fisherman nets ancient fish

MANADO, Indonesia (Reuters) - An Indonesian fisherman has caught a coelacanth, an ancient fish once thought to have become extinct at the time of the dinosaurs, a fishery expert said on Monday.

Yustinus Lahama and his son caught the fish on Saturday in the sea off North Sulawesi province and kept it at their house for an hour, said Grevo Gerung, a professor at the fisheries faculty at the Sam Ratulangi University.

After being told by neighbours it was a rare fish he took it back to the sea and kept it in a quarantine pool for about 17 hours before it died.
Well, now for sure it's extinct.

Question: what did they do with the carcass? The guy's a fisherman - he fishes for food, right?

How do you decide how to prepare something like that? If it doesn't grill well, for example, you're not likely to get a second chance.

1 comment:

Steve said...

Quite a few of these have been caught since 1938.

They have mucilaginous scales that exude a oil that acts as a laxative. To be eaten they must be dried and salted.

A Coelancanth has a hollow spine, is mucilaginous, operates in darkness and hates light, has a intracranial joint that allows it to produce a strong vacuum to help take ingest food of a larger variety. It is believed to be the world's earliest progressive. It is weak spined, slimy, hates what the light points out, and sucks.