Coelacanth: A Fish That Time Forgot (2001)


Documentary about the Coelacanth, a prehistoric bony fish believed to have been long extinct until one was caught in 1938 off the southern coast of Africa. No trace was found again until May 2000 when a colony of the fish were discovered and filmed.

When a curious fish was found by fishermen on the Indian Ocean coast of South Africa and passed to the curator of the local museum, Darwin’s predicted ‘living fossil’ appeared to have surfaced. The eerily splendid coelacanth, now 400 million years old, called into question many of our established beliefs about evolution.


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