There are fish of all kinds, some are bottom feeders that suck mud all their lives such as carp. And there are others that are predators such as sharks, that eat other fish, birds, and even man on occasion. But there is one fish that is very unique from all the rest. It is the “living fossil” dino-fish called the Coelacanth. Some scientists believe the Coelacanth was a freshwater fish and cannot understand how it became a saltwater fish. We do know that some fish have the ability to go from saltwater to freshwater such as salmon and eels, just to name a few.
The Coelacanth have scientists scratching their heads wondering how an animal that was believed to be extinct some 65 million years ago was able to survive all these countless generations without changing or evolving into an amphibian or becoming a land vertebrate. The Coelacanth which scientists consider a”living fossil” is a member of a group of fishes called Crossopterygians. They are lobe-finned fish with the pectoral and anal fins on fleshy stalks supported by bones, and the tail or caudal fin is divided into three lobes, the middle one of which also includes a continuation of the notochord. Coelacanths are related to lungfishes.
The first mounted captured specimen was 5 foot long, 127 pound, large-scaled, blue colored fish brought up in a net off the coast of South Africa. Captain Hendrick Goosen of the fishing trawler “Nerine” caught this fish off the east coast of South Africa, near the Chalumna River. Majorie Courtenay-Latimer found the fish at the fish market and gave it to professor James leonard Smith which in turn identified it as a Coelacanth. Professor Smith named the fish “latimeria chalumnae” in honor of Majorie Courtenay-latimer and the waters it was found near. Coelacanth means “hollow spine”. Now for the rest of the story!
First point to ponder, evolutionary scientists say the Coelacanth first appeared in the fossil record in the middle Devonian Period of the Paleozoic Era, about 410 million years ago and became extinct about 65 million years ago with the so called demise of the dinosaurs. But the fossils paleontologists are finding of it and the living specimens they caught of it have the same skeletal characterization. In layman’s terms they are same. Surely after millions upon millions of years there should of been a change. Could it be the evidence from the Coelacanth is good evidence for young-earth creation. In other words, the Coelacanth has reproduced after its kind, thousands of years and not millions of years just like the Holy Bible’s book of Genesis said fishes would do. Genesis chapter one verses twenty through twenty-three gives us the account.
Second point to ponder, we who believe and trust God by faith can give God (Lord Jesus Christ) the glory, thanks and honor (Revelation 4:11), for creating such a creature that survived the Worldwide flood (Genesis 6-8), and we are able to see this fish today, still living in the wild. God has given us a glimpse of a fish that He created on the fifth day of creation week some 6,000 years ago. Coelacanth was created a fish and still is a fish