[KINDLE ´ A Fish Caught in Time] author Samantha Weinberg – gh4crew.co.uk
I picked away the layers of slime to reveal the most beautiful fish I had ever seen she
Recounts It Was Five Feet It was five feet a pale mauvy blue with faint flecks of whitish spots it had an iridescent silver blue reen sheen all over It was covered in hard scales and it had four limb like fins and a strange little puppy dog tail It was such a beautiful fish like a big china ornament but I didn t know what it was Marjorie Courtenay LatimerI really enjoyed this fascinating tale of the discovery in South Africa in 1938 of a live coelacanth see lo canth an ancient fish known from fossils but presumed until then to have died out 70 million years ago and of the ongoing research into its morphology natural history and place in the evolutionary tree relative to humansWeinberg skillfully weaves an easy introduction to the science into a compelling narrative of a cast of eccentric naturalists mercenaries undersea explorers and Caught on Camera with the CEO government officials cooperating and competing to catch dead and live specimens against the backdrop of colonialism World War II and civil war in South Africa Mozambiue Madagascar the Comoros Islands and IndonesiaShe touches on obsession ambitionreed and national pride as drivers of the uest that could have resulted in a tragic and ironic modern extinction for this amazing survivor but also describes apparently effective efforts at conserving the species which remains little understoodI highly recommend This is what I look for in a book on a scholarly subject The author handles the facts well but is able to make the people involved come alive allowing the reader to care about them Weinberg s Wyoming Strong (Wyoming Men, good writing makes the transitions from fact to biography in such a manner that you never feel disconnected from the story of the search I found myselfetting excited about the search and the trip to a far away island to collect a specimen was almost daring do And amidst all of this publicity concern for conservation egos and political machinations the Coelacanth continues its fishy business surprising us with its unusual makeup and behavioursThe compilation of known facts about the fish found at the end of the book was a bonus as was the video of it available on the website still being maintained by one of its enthusiastic admirers Who would think I would love a book about a fish I needed a book for Comoros in my around the world reading challenge and this was the best of few options It was fantastic I am a scientist and veterinarian so I do love animals and biology but this book was exciting had interesting uirky characters and told a remarkable story I devoured it This was my second time with this one The first *time was several years ago when it was a new ish release long before kids This time it was a * was several years ago when it was a new ish release long before kids This time it was a read aloud selection K Arabian Nights gave it a 3 Lave it a 5no sur. Just before Christmas in 1938 the young woman curator of a small South African museum spotted a strange looking fish on a trawler's deck It was five feet long with steel blue scales luminescent eyes and remarkable limb like fins unlike those of any fish she had ever seen Determined to preserve her unusual find she searched for days for a way to save it but ended up with only the skin and a few bonesA charismatic amateur ichthyologist JLB Smith saw a thumbnail sketch of the fish and was thunders.
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"Of Those Knowledgeable In Fishes "those knowledgeable in fishes first saw it Another 14 years passed before a second live specimen was caught and this was even after tremendous efforts were spe Imagine seeing a dinosaur suddenly appear This is
As Close As Itclose as it to that A fish known only through fossils is trawled up from the depths of the sea by a fisherman in South Africa An extinct coelacanth He ives it to the curator of a museum who brings in a fish expert The internal organs of the fish were not maintained so the eccentric expert seeks out another specimen He journeys further up the current to Comoros where he believes the species may originate And finds some Is the coelacanth the missing link The species that paved the way from sea to land All this you will need to read for yourselfThe book details all of the scientific information It also details the international rivalry and politics involved It is as much of a human story as it is about a remarkable animalThe information provided is written for the average person and adds some interesting facts that would interest people who know about fishThe end of the book provides technical information about the fishes morphology the fins the scales the eyes the legs etcAlso included is a list of all museums that possess a specimen on displayI enjoyed every single page Even though the book is sort of scientific it has such a lovely wistful tone about it that makes you want to seek out some favourite animals in an impossible region I would read this book again and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who has a curiosity for animals The story of the coelacanth fish I didn t know what this was but was completely hooked by the story so to speak ha ha Thought to be extinct fossils date back 400m years It may be humans ancestor in the evolutionary chain One was found in the Comoros islands in 1938 to huge excitement a uest ever since Loved the stories of the people involved especially the amazing Marjorie Courtney Latimer who saw its significance in 1938 Simon Winchester fans will enjoy I read this for passportlitsy for Comoros It ave me a ood sense of life in the Comoros islands and was read this for passportlitsy for Comoros It ave me a Midsummer Night (Lady Julia Grey, good sense of life in the Comoros islands and wasreat read as well All in all a winner This is not really about the coelacanth intself but is instead about the men and women involved in first realizing what it was and what it meant when one was caught by fishermen in 1938 and about the uest to find out where they live and how they function I suppose you could call it a modern history of the coelacanth though a fairly shallow one I would have liked back story information about the first coelacanth fossils found and what people thought about them when they were discovered etc but I Always You guess there are other books for that As it is it s an interesting story justvery light on details. Lminated in a dramatic act of international piracy As the fame of the coelacanth spread so did rumors and obsessions Nations fought over it multimillion dollar expeditions were launched and submarines hand built to find it In 1998 the rumors and the truth came together in aripping climax which brought the coelacanth back into the international limelight A Fish Caught in Time is the entrancing story of the most rare and precious fish in the world our own reat uncle forty million times removed. ,
Prise there she loves the true stories of weird and wonderful things *It doesn t et too much weirder than the coelacanth This is * doesn t et too much weirder than the coelacanth This is story of the odd living fossil and how it was identified by the scientific community In particular I love the story of Marjorie Courtenay Latimer the head of a very small South African museum who happened to recognize the first specimen as a very special fish in 1938 The book feels only a little out of date now since it was written before the seuencing of the coelacanth enome in 2013 it was written before the seuencing of the coelacanth enome in 2013 little matter We ve ot the Google and coelacanth science moves about as slowly as the fish reproducesthat is to say really very slowly Old Four Legs While that may sound like someone leaving a pub run it s really the affectionate name iven to the Coelacanth a fish thought to been extinct until its mind altering appearance 1938 Since then have surfaced with their electrifying blue color and prehistoric everything else They were supposed to be extinct How amazing Like Jurassic Park underwater I first became fascinated with this living fossil thanks to a National Geographic issue dedicated to this strange This fascinating history of the Coelacanth is beautifully written lighthearted and fascinating A brilliant yarn in every sense of the word it tells the story of how the Coelacanth went from being a fossil considered to be extinct for 50 70 million years to being one of the few distinguished living fossils of our timeThe story takes us back to East London South Africa 1938 when a young museum curator Marjorie Courtenay Latimer went down to examine a trawler catch and found a fish that was so beautiful that the image stayed with her for the rest of her life but also it was a fish mysteriously unidentifiable and taxonomically strangeThroughout the book the people who see the Coelocanth especially unexpectedly all seem to have a moment when they realise they are seeing something uniue perhaps because it is so unlike modern fishI learnt about the Coelocanth of course I am sure that anyone who studied Zoology or Marine Biology did Even for me the very small segment of course spent on it stirred the imagination and so this book about how it was discovered exposed to modern science and slowly revealed and the layers of of mystery were slowly peeled back was just amazing Loved this book I tried to see if this fish was featured in the Jason Mamoa starrer film AUAMAN but failed to find it there some scenes were uite a blur though But maybe it wasn t really there For this is not a violent fishI consider this fish the Coelacanth pronounced silly cunt as the rock star of all the fishes in our seas and oceans The world was shocked when a live specimen of this fish was caught in 1938 just before the outbreak of the second world war Utter disbelief and amaz. Truck He recognized it as a coelacanth pronounced see la kanth a creature known from fossils dating back 400 million years and thought to have died out with the dinosaurs With its extraordinary limbs the coelacanth was believed to be the first fish to crawl from the sea and evolve into reptiles mammals and eventually mankind The discovery was immediately dubbed the reatest scientific find of the century Smith devoted his life to the search for a complete specimen afourteen year odyssey that cu.