Loch Ness Outdone: Rediscovery of the Coelacanth

In 1938 a fisherman in South Africa caught a fish thought to have been extinct for more than fifty million years. The amazing discovery shocked and thrilled the world, challenged our understanding of species and evolution, and gave new meaning to the term "forgotten history."
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  • I have known about this since 6tg grade, thats 1976. and yet it's being treated like it's the first time

    Gene CurrentGene CurrentЦагийн өмнө
  • Coelocanth - just one more piece of conclusive evidence that nothing really exists until white guys say it does.

    Mick , yet another oneMick , yet another one2 цагийн өмнө
  • but how do they taste?

    Canuckster1169Canuckster11695 цагийн өмнө
  • I wonder how it taste

    maverick357maverick3576 цагийн өмнө
  • I love seeing Grogu back there on the shelf.

    Michael ScottMichael Scott8 цагийн өмнө
  • Your Late. When I was like 6 I discovered and caught this ancient fish in Pokemon FIRST! This fish's real name is Relicanth!

    Entrepreneurial EngineeringEntrepreneurial Engineering9 цагийн өмнө
  • evolution is awesome, it turned the coelacanth, into, wait for it, wait for it, a coelacanth. Wow, I am totally blown away at the changed of species evolution gives us.

    Mr Grey manMr Grey man9 цагийн өмнө
  • If evolution is real and the coelacanth has been around since 50 million years ago, why hasn't it evolved?

    wrongfully accusedwrongfully accused10 цагийн өмнө
  • Coelacanth: "My death was greatly exaggerated."

    Peusterokos1Peusterokos111 цагийн өмнө
  • You should do an episode on lead. Lead Paint...leaded gas....all that.

    john weeksjohn weeks12 цагийн өмнө
  • The problem with people is that they're human, and are reluctant to accept that as the truth. Being human, we only know what we've been exposed to, maybe. Most of the time, we don't know what we don't know. So we run with superficial observation, systematic assumption, and just down right fairy tale manifestation! No thanks, I'll stick to the Bible. Cool fish.

    Gentry TiptonGentry Tipton12 цагийн өмнө
  • God that coelacanth in the thumbnail is so ugly and inaccurate.

    Hamsters am I RightHamsters am I Right12 цагийн өмнө
  • I remember learning about this as a kid, and to this day I believe that the fascination I got from a living dinosaur is what originally fueled my love for history.

    HotSprinklesHotSprinkles12 цагийн өмнө
  • Great video!

    Alex MoralesAlex Morales12 цагийн өмнө
  • Another example, showing we know nothing. But, we sure believe a lot.

    Robert MitchellRobert Mitchell13 цагийн өмнө
  • love the fact that the 'Coelacant panflect' were first... and in almost perfect Portuguese apart from a few comas placement... the only major flaw was the word "Canseiras" (that is mostly slang) and should be used "esforços (efforts)" instead... "Chinese medicine practitioners" are becoming one of the huge factors in the extinction of some species.... I urge them to stay with they old recipes... mainly mercury (Hg),,, By the way... I think use of the Portuguese language first just reveals the prophetic habilities of the author: ;-) "mnthe.info/bill/video/jbBtyWrOfpieeqI"

    ZEE IBITZEE IBIT14 цагийн өмнө
  • I caught a Dork fish with a corn dog once.

    Jonathan PaschJonathan Pasch14 цагийн өмнө
  • I thought "fishes" wasn't a word.

    Jonathan PaschJonathan Pasch14 цагийн өмнө
  • News Bullitin F.B. APPROVED WARNING : This fisH Is perhaps larger than our Planet itself. It can easily swallow our planet. Caution should be protected from the wind as we observe this fish. Do not put your fingers in its mouth. This fish will not eat peanut butter. F. B. will confirm this. The fish can behave in an outrageous manner upon disturbing. F.B. has confirmed that it can speak several languages, but prefers not to get into arguments.

    Dan MatelskyDan Matelsky15 цагийн өмнө
  • Y'all are aware that these fish have been getting brought up from the ocean since the 70s , if i recall correctly ?? First one off the coast of Japan i think. And they've been talking about it ever since then. This is NOT new knowledge.

    Alfrede NewmanAlfrede Newman15 цагийн өмнө
  • I'm more surprised that it didn't evolve more in those 65 million years.

    TheJudgmentalCatTheJudgmentalCat15 цагийн өмнө
  • He use scout fly to find the Jyuratodus.

    spartum1337spartum133716 цагийн өмнө
  • Man... Their dating system must be WAY off lol.

    Derek PattersonDerek Patterson16 цагийн өмнө
  • On the note of paleontology, the Bone Wars were a suuuuper interesting period. Would make for an awesome video

    Andre PetermannAndre Petermann17 цагийн өмнө
  • We constantly have Academics telling us they know the facts and possess the answers. It is how they get people to pay them to actually make some discoveries. What is known as fact today will modified tomorrow.

    Don QuihoteDon Quihote17 цагийн өмнө
  • As always a plesiur Greetings from Denmark 🇩🇰 🖖 🇩 🇰 🖖 🇩🇰

    Kenneth SchultzKenneth Schultz19 цагийн өмнө
  • Great episode. I’m glad you made this episode in this animal, thank you. For those who don’t know “the boot” is the rear of the car known as the trunk.

    Cole HalfordCole Halford19 цагийн өмнө
  • So called "scientists" mixing terms like natural selection and evolution. Especially calling it "Zoo Ology vs the true term "Zo ology" zoa + ology" the study of animals.

    Kevin CarrickKevin Carrick20 цагийн өмнө
  • They Just found one again

    rudybrklynrudybrklyn20 цагийн өмнө
  • I lobe ypur backdrop, but one thing puzzles me: Where is the books? Don't think I've ever met a historian without a wellstocked bookshelf. :)

    MGMMGMӨдрийн өмнө
  • Is there anything the Chinese won't eat?

    Deon Van der WesthuizenDeon Van der WesthuizenӨдрийн өмнө
  • My pet coelacanth

    perrorito92perrorito92Өдрийн өмнө
  • My first exposition at university was about this species

    Carlos CalaguaCarlos CalaguaӨдрийн өмнө
  • All I know is there is more than I know.

    allen cochranallen cochranӨдрийн өмнө
  • Coelacanth is my spirit animal

    Charlie's PlayStationCharlie's PlayStationӨдрийн өмнө
  • "Presumed Extinct".

    terry landessterry landessӨдрийн өмнө
  • i want to eat a coelacanth. i bet it tastes like cod.

    White GlintWhite GlintӨдрийн өмнө
  • Love your channel & great episode. A small point of correction. The pronunciation of the word zoology is zo (o pronounced like oh) ology. Not terribly important unless you've spent a good chunk of your life (like I have) studying the subject. If you want to pronounce it zoo (where they keep animals) ology (meaning the study of), you'd need to writer it as zooology! Not a criticism of your work, I'm a subscriber and look forward to your next episode!!

    Steve WaldschmidtSteve WaldschmidtӨдрийн өмнө
  • And they just found some more. So cool.

    Jerrod BalzerJerrod BalzerӨдрийн өмнө
  • This reminds me of the Tilapia I had for lunch.

    loLo -sanloLo -sanӨдрийн өмнө
  • Almost all Ivy League University were found by Christian believer. The original scientists are study to discover God’s creation, unlike the “scientists” today “Create” scientific “Discoveries” all the time. Believer don’t have conflict with the original form of science, only when scientists get in the realm of “Creation” we start to disagree. No one can create anything out of nothing except God, one of his attributes. We on the other hand saw something then make up something and call it discovery, truly lazy indeed.

    Sean LiuSean LiuӨдрийн өмнө
  • One of the proofs that negates evolution.

    WuKongWuKongӨдрийн өмнө
  • Settled science is not really the last word is it?

    Schmauser ManSchmauser ManӨдрийн өмнө
  • If the Coelacanth is fairly common in the ancient fossil record and yet has escaped fossilization for over the last 50 million years, it makes one wonder what else has escaped the record. It also makes me wonder whether the fossil record is a record of life over a long period of time as modern science tells us. To be fair, modern science describes it as a series of random snap shots with long periods of time in between. But not a single coelacanth in any of those snap shots over the last 50 million years? Not even one? Maybe they are there and we just haven't found one yet. OR, maybe the fossil record is a picture of a rather short period of time, with lots and lots of different creatures covered over in rapid succession, as creationist of today tell us. It's interesting that the strata layers worldwide have such a high degree of uniformity. Why should that be? The evolutionist see this as indicative of long periods of time passing. I see uniformity as rather odd. Why should conditions over the whole Earth end up seeming so equalized over any long period of time? And why should so many fossils (billions upon billions) be preserved at all? The process of fossilization is well understood. No fossilization occurs under what we might call normal conditions within a biosphere. If something dies, no matter its particular environment (ocean, dessert, woodlands, jungle, fresh water lake, river, mountains, artic tundra, whatever) we should not expect any fossilization. Nature is very efficient at getting rid of every last trace of it in rather short order. If it is to be fossilized at all, there needs to be burial relatively quickly. And shallow burial is not sufficient. Shallow burial will not protect it enough to preserve some of what we find in certain dinosaur fossils. There are dinosaur fossils that show soft tissue preservation. This would require rapid and relatively deep burial in order to occur in nature. And there are only certain conditions that are known to do that kind of rapid and deep burial - large scale floods and volcanic eruptions.

    RougeBabaRougeBabaӨдрийн өмнө
  • Interesting that your research included a New Zealand reference.

    David EwingDavid Ewing2 өдрийн өмнө
  • They must have gotten the idea for Creature from the Black Lagoon from this fish.

    Carlos DyerCarlos Dyer2 өдрийн өмнө
  • Where ya been???

    Edward CostelloEdward Costello2 өдрийн өмнө
  • Religious dogma has been the bane of rational, intelligent thought for millennia. There, I said it out loud.

    Christopher FranklinChristopher Franklin2 өдрийн өмнө
  • What's the difference between meat and fish ? If you beat your fish you'll kill it.

    Adam BradyAdam Brady2 өдрийн өмнө
  • The missing link that never evolved

    CMDR Leeloo CatfishCMDR Leeloo Catfish2 өдрийн өмнө
  • yes

    Happy JoyHappy Joy2 өдрийн өмнө
  • i love seelocanths

    nutsackmanianutsackmania2 өдрийн өмнө
  • Superstition people are really scary. Almost like zealots of the former christian church.

    Krayzie StrykerKrayzie Stryker2 өдрийн өмнө
  • Very well done and informative production :-) many thanx for the hard work

    Brian HackerBrian Hacker2 өдрийн өмнө
  • Absolutely awesome episode dude. Reminds me of when a childhood friend and I were on vacation on a houseboat with our families and one morning we were the first ones up so we grabbed our poles and headed out on a kayak. My buddy bagged the weirdest fish I had ever seen that fought so hard when his arms tired out he passed me the pole and I pulledd on it reeling it into my arms got tired and we passed it back and forth like this till we got it on the kayak which noticeably displaced more water from the weight of it. It's mouth was so far back from the tip of its nose or snout or whatever you call it on a fish I was convinced it was some dinosaur fish. Nope just a freshwater sturgeon although they have been around for millions of years so I wasn't too far off

    Obediah StarkObediah Stark2 өдрийн өмнө
  • Evolution is happening all the time all around us. But this fish did not evolve in 50 million years ? Interesting. And jellyfish not evolving for 700 million years. That's amazing.

    Lynn JervynLynn Jervyn3 өдрийн өмнө
  • It's too bad the guy had to kill it. Imagine what could have been learned from this fish if it had lived. It's so old it was probably very very old

    Stacy PastryStacy Pastry3 өдрийн өмнө
  • Looks like a pokemon

    T DangT Dang3 өдрийн өмнө
  • Is it weird to say that "Coelacanth" is a beautiful name?

    AdshercottAdshercott3 өдрийн өмнө
  • There is one in the Ulster museum in Belfast.

    SnazzBotSnazzBot3 өдрийн өмнө
  • Bow ties are still cool.

    Daniel Matthew JamesDaniel Matthew James3 өдрийн өмнө
  • Its a living fossil regardless what Toronto says

    Estrada MurcielgoEstrada Murcielgo3 өдрийн өмнө
  • Coelacanth is the person who enjoying his own world , until someone find him and ask " So you are still Alive ???? "

    adit ghifariadit ghifari3 өдрийн өмнө
  • I cant get over how amazing you are.

    Jf HJf H3 өдрийн өмнө
  • Literally my favorite creature in the world! Thank you for spreading awareness of this fantastic fish! :)

    Lauren BLauren B3 өдрийн өмнө
  • Came to this video after a couple vids about fly fishing in an area I Just moved to. I'm an avid fisherman and a literal student of History at my University, this video earned my subscription. Looking forward to more vids!

    Avery WaltersAvery Walters3 өдрийн өмнө
  • I know about this fish and it's history/rediscovery from Animal Crossing 😋

    Phil VerheyPhil Verhey3 өдрийн өмнө
  • Still waiting on those transitional fossils...

    11BravoMike11BravoMike3 өдрийн өмнө
  • I wonder how accurate their ideas of the fishes soft tissue was before the discovery of living ones.

    lesROKnoobzlesROKnoobz4 өдрийн өмнө
  • Thank you Animal Crossing!

    PdragyPdragy4 өдрийн өмнө
  • Darwin's theory of evolution is BS, it is obsolete and has many flaws in it.

    Carlo AlicerCarlo Alicer4 өдрийн өмнө
  • Please consider Fruehauf story/history

    Randy RuppelRandy Ruppel4 өдрийн өмнө
  • Coelacanths is still a coelacanth it didn’t evolve into something else

    Ken SmithKen Smith4 өдрийн өмнө
  • A living dinosaur: so much for evolution

    Ken SmithKen Smith4 өдрийн өмнө
  • Coelacanth? More like Coelacan.

    itsbdubnukkaitsbdubnukka4 өдрийн өмнө
  • I am a tour guide and often (in the before time) gave tours of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. And they have a Coelacanth on display. I always enjoy telling its story and deadpanning scientist reactions to finding an animal that was contemporary to the T-Rex, saying "...you are not supposed to be here...how are you hear?"

    Stephen McCoyStephen McCoy4 өдрийн өмнө
  • “Now I can die happy where I have lived to see the great American public excited about fish.” Best statement ever

    Caroline M.Caroline M.4 өдрийн өмнө
  • 50 million years... where do they get these numbers? Sad!

    Jesse LeibelJesse Leibel4 өдрийн өмнө
  • And people say they ain't no bigfoot...smh

    EastTexasClapDoctor 798EastTexasClapDoctor 7984 өдрийн өмнө
  • Ikan Raja Laut is a coelacanth??! As an Indonesian, I'm ashamed I didn't know that

    Yongky KuncoroYongky Kuncoro4 өдрийн өмнө
  • It's probably just a drop in the bucket of supposedly extinct animals that are still hanging on out in the extreme middle of nowhere.

    #Gears 73 Adult Racing Team 73#Gears 73 Adult Racing Team 734 өдрийн өмнө
  • The Natural History Museum in London has reliefs of various species on the walls. All extant species face one way; all extinct face the other. The coelacanth faces the wrong way. The building itself is fascinating. It looks like a cross between a Gothic cathedral and a Victorian railway station.

    TRiG (Ireland)TRiG (Ireland)4 өдрийн өмнө
  • I wonder what a coelacanth would taste like....🤔

    #Gears 73 Adult Racing Team 73#Gears 73 Adult Racing Team 734 өдрийн өмнө
    • @The History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered Lol, probably so.

      #Gears 73 Adult Racing Team 73#Gears 73 Adult Racing Team 734 өдрийн өмнө
    • They are notably foul-tasting.

      The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered4 өдрийн өмнө
  • Nothing scares people who desire to study rare species like the term “Chinese medicine"

    Jonathan OrozcoJonathan Orozco4 өдрийн өмнө
  • So much for evolution...

    StillFreeinVTStillFreeinVT5 өдрийн өмнө
  • What they don't tell you is that it had terrible stats and only knew water gun, so he released it.

    RBEO22RBEO225 өдрийн өмнө
  • So forgotten is a relative term depending on the society making the claim. To local fishermen who might have regularly caught coelacanths, they might be completely ignorant of the learnard academics of another society who believed they died out millions of years ago. "Reports of my death have been highly exaggerated," said the ceolacanth.

    DonswatchingtheTubeDonswatchingtheTube5 өдрийн өмнө
  • Evolution? What a joke LOL... I believed that hoax once.

    Chris ChapelChris Chapel5 өдрийн өмнө
  • mnthe.info/bill/video/aaaFuKyxcYOna6Y

    AudifyleAudifyle5 өдрийн өмнө
  • Darwin was wrong

    Michael ArringtonMichael Arrington5 өдрийн өмнө
  • A blog post from the University of California Museum of Paleontology described him as "probably the last reputable scientist to reject evolution outright for any length of time after the publication of the origin of species." This is a prime example of an evolutionist redefining terms to try to undercut the credibility of anyone who has a different viewpoint. The writer obviously thinks that only people who believe in evolution are reputable, despite there being hundreds (probably thousands) of high-quality scientists who didn't (and don't) believe in evolution due to its myriad flaws (and from what I've seen, those who are doubting evolution are growing in number). I've read and many quotes by evolutionists and former evolutionists who have serious doubts in the theory, as well as quotes from prominent evolutionists who have stated outright that they won't consider other alternatives, particularly ones that include intelligent design, not because they don't have significant merit, but because they can't stand the possibility that there is a God. That is a completely unscientific approach, as they are forcing facts to fit their preconceived worldview rather than letting the facts speak for themselves.

    Anthony HamiltonAnthony Hamilton5 өдрийн өмнө
  • So this guy is copying the body, face and voice mannerisms of some famous news host, but I can't remember who. I can't watch the videos because of this fact. Who am I thinking of ?

    All Day Day DreamerAll Day Day Dreamer5 өдрийн өмнө
  • Why do they disappear from the fossil record?

    jatpack3jatpack35 өдрийн өмнө
  • History was rewritten and extended to double plus

    nightmisterionightmisterio5 өдрийн өмнө
  • Don't you just love humans? We thought it was extinct. It's not, only exceptionally rare. Oh goody let's kill it and eat it and make snake oil out of it. 🤯

    Leslie MackayLeslie Mackay5 өдрийн өмнө
  • Cool video! I feel really bad this fish nearly went extinct due to overfishing and stupid traditional chinese "Medicine." I hope this fish is doing better now though, its so cool.

    Bonefetcher BrimleyBonefetcher Brimley5 өдрийн өмнө
  • Christians are taught those "fossells" were seeded by Satan the Devil to fool fools who don't BElive in Jesus's Name and Blood of the Lamb.

    Hillary Clinton 123Hillary Clinton 1235 өдрийн өмнө
  • This story is always fascinating to hear about. Indonesians have been eating this fish for hundreds of years

    Ameha KAmeha K5 өдрийн өмнө
  • There is something fishy about this story....

    James GibbsJames Gibbs5 өдрийн өмнө
  • The coelacanth. The world's cutest ugly fish.

    Ynnel?!Ynnel?!5 өдрийн өмнө