A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth

A Fish Caught in Time The Search for the Coelacanth Just before Christmas in 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 eye
  • Title: A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth
  • Author: Samantha Weinberg
  • ISBN: 9780060932855
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth
    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 upJust 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 bones.A charismatic amateur ichthyologist, J.L.B Smith, saw a thumbnail sketch of the fish and was thunderstruck 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 greatest scientific find of the century Smith devoted his life to the search for a complete specimen, afourteen year odyssey that culminated 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 a gripping 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 great uncle forty million times removed.
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  • 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 out time.The 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 [...]

  • 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 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 myself getting 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 fo [...]

  • 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 morning read aloud selection K gave it a 3, L gave it a 5 surprise there, she loves the true stories of weird and wonderful things It doesn t get too much weirder than the coelacanth This is the 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 v [...]

  • This is a well written book of good pace and very good explanation and with the subject matter that was necessary, to stop it turning text book.In 1938 a fish was caught by a fishing boat off the coast of South Africa The local museum curator took it from the fishermen, and despite it being Christmas time, set about trying to contact people to assist with the identification The fish was a Coelacanth, thought long extinct.This is the story of the curator, Marjorie Courtenay Latimer, or JLB Smith, [...]

  • This is both an educative and entertaining book about the search for a prehistoric fish Long believed extinct, the Coelacanth was first discovered off the waters of South Africa in the Indian Ocean in 1938 Marjorie Courtenay Latimer was a young curator at the East London museum when she recognized there was something odd in one of the fish brought to her by a fishing boat She contacted J.L.B Smith, a recognized scientist who would become obsessed with the living fossil and would later name the f [...]

  • In A Fish Caught In Time Samantha Weinberg has written the fantastic and fascinating story of the discovery of the coelacanth Weinberg was able to undertake direct research for the book including speaking directly with many of the people closely involved with the story and the book reads like a great mystery story In the video below Weinberg reads from her book and touches on the journey of discovery that she herself went on in researching the story Her enthusiasm is infectious and having finish [...]

  • Old Four Legs While that may sound like someone leaving a pub run, it s really the affectionate name given to the Coelacanth, a fish thought to have been extinct until its mind altering appearance in 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 being This b [...]

  • 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 quest 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, et [...]

  • This is one of my favourite non fiction books of all time If you are interested in fish or fossils or conservation it s for you And if you re not particularly into any of those, read it anyway It is entertaining and fast paced, and so readable Don t be put off by the weird subject matter, it s all part of the charm

  • Excellent book The writing grabs you from the first page and reels you in no pun intended I m not even a big fan of fish, but at times I couldn t put this down I d definitely be interested in reading by this author on other subjects, as she made this one so accessible.

  • The fact that living coelacanths could escape detection in an area well studied by ichthyologists for over 100 years is wonderful I would add amazing to this thought What other mysteries are out there waiting to be discovered

  • I am not into non fiction this book was absolutely fascinating As a boat owner, I ve always dreaming of this happening to me.

  • En overraskende fascinerende, journalistisk fort lling om opdagelsen af det levende fossil, coelacanthen, p dansk ogs kendt som bl fisken, ud for Cornes kyster.L s hele anmeldelsen p K s bognoter bognoter 2017 12 28 samanth

  • A quick, enjoyable read, though without as much scientific detail as I might have liked It mostly focuses on the story of the people who re discovered the coelacanth, first in South Africa, then in the Comoros, and finally in Indonesia.

  • A solid piece of science writing about a discovery we are still only starting to understand Great example of scicomm and telling the story through people as they will always be the most fascinating characters to us other humans reading the story

  • Apart from sharks, I had never thought of any fish as charismatic but what else would you call a five foot long fish with steel blue scales, luminescent green eyes, and limb like fins that frequently does headstands when submersibles approach Coelacanths seel a kanths swam in Panthalassa and watched the dinosaurs rise and fall In fact, their fossil record goes back 400 million years However, they vanished from the fossil record around the same time the dinosaurs did and were presumed extinct Tha [...]

  • The author clearly did their research on coelacanths, but there were unfortunately some distracting errors of basic biology A good read nonetheless.

  • Samantha Weinberg provides a comfortably informative and exciting narrative about the history of the coelacanth since its rediscovery in 1938 off South Africa s east coast She weaves information about the persons and personalities involved with the huge drama in scientific and even diplomatic levels set in motion by this improbable yet all too real event Although similar books were written previously, Weinberg could include the discovery of coelacanths in Indonesia All the lovely coincidences re [...]

  • A Fish Caught in Time makes fascinating the story of a fish whose last known ancestor died, according to the extant fossil records, sixty million years ago The tale begins in South Africa and travels along the coast hopping out to Madagascar and then beyond into the Western Indian ocean specifically the Comoros Along the way we meet a devoted natural history museum director and an obsessive egotistical scientist who break the news of the fossil fish to the world and pursue it to its western ext [...]

  • A very well written book about the discovery and the search that followed for the coelacanth I like to read about natural history, and this is a worthwhile addition to my catalog this book is a keeper.September 6th I spent a few hours on the internet searching for images and video footage of the coelacanth, which was a nice finish to the book I also learned not surprisingly that since Samantha Weinberg wrote her book coelacanths have been found in multiple countries along the south eastern Afric [...]

  • I had read an account a few years back about the initial discovery of the coelacanth off the coast of South Africa and the tracking down of its habitat to the waters around Madagascar It captured my imagination.It was great to find out that the story didn t end with the Madagascar discovery I was thrilled to hear about the confirmation of coelacanths living off Indonesia The theory put forth in the book that there might be populations in the Philippines or even off the Atlantic coast of the Unit [...]

  • An exciting look at the history of the discovery of the coelacanth, from the first unexpected find off the coast of South Africa in the 1930s until the most recent findings, including conservation efforts and new scientific analysis.Weinberg is not a scientist, and although there was enough discussion of the scientific points to make me happy, it is not overwhelming or too technical for the average reader I found the story very engaging, and was surprised at all the politics and controversy that [...]

  • This book was like a boy s or girls own adventure story I just couldn t wait to see what would happen and I came to love those fish I got so panicky thinking the fish would become extinct but just like all the other enthusiasts I wanted to find out about how they lived and the only way to do that would cause the fish harm It made me think about the whole conservation issue maybe ignorance is bliss Towards the end of the book when the author was talking about the 80 s I found that the tenses beg [...]

  • Since when did all fish other than the coelacanth and sharks have only one dorsal fin Appendix A under Fins and Scales apart from sharks, all other fish have one dorsal fin only What about mullets Mugilidae , drums Sciaenidae , darters Percidae , and a whole host of other fish that have two dorsal fins Some of them might not be separated by a whole lot of space, but there s definitely two.Could understand if it seemed like a typo, but this just seems to be an exaggeration of how special the coel [...]

  • I wanted to give this 4 stars but honestly, I felt it was too short There is so much that could have been included and while I understand that the author was focusing on the story of the discovery of the Coelacanth and the interesting people who played a role in studying this fascinating living fossil, I wanted That being said, this is a well written, engaging story that does a wonderful job of bringing the major players to life It is a quick read and may leave you wanting but it should appea [...]

  • Impossible to put down An inspiring tale of piscatorial love full of things I never would have expected, like the image of all of Connecticut filing through the room where a fish is lying in state like one of the crowned heads of Europe, with a police officer standing there directing traffic with tears running down his face Not to mention the international intrigue, the Coelacanth driven invention of the first really good submersible, and all kinds of great quotes that will be priceless on my fi [...]

  • In this piece Samantha Weinberg is able to take accounts from JLB Smith s classic Old Fourlegs as well as accounts from his family, from Marjorie Courtenay Latimer and her family, and from a variety of modern sources to piece together an accurate portrayal of the discovery of the coelacanth, the search for a second specimen, and all that falls between then and now For anyone unable to locate a copy of Old Fourlegs or wanting a modern approach to the story, this piece is a must.

  • This book turned out to be terrific There were a few slow spots, but it was a really good story with some really interesting characters Not the least of which is the coelacanth itself It was so exciting to discover that the scientists had actual video footage of the fish And so interesting to learn all the things we still don t know for example, how they eat and procreate It s a beautiful fish and to know it s survived 400 million years, well, it is just amazing.

  • a local fisherman in Africa in 1938 pulls up a fish that nobody can identifyuntil they look at fossils and find that this fish was known to exist 360 Million years agod thought to be extinct.It sounds like Sci Fibut this is a true story of the search for the coelacanth and confirmation of this local fisherman s catch.

  • Great book It is just as much about the fish as it is about the people that found it and what they did to protect it and learn about it The website that is mentioned dinofish turns out to be a pretty interesting site If you take the time to read the book take the time to go and check out the site.

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