First to film a live coelacanth
Last updated: September 3, 2017 at 16:54 pm
1988 – Prof. Hans Fricke (Max Planck Institute) filmed a coelacanth (Latimeria chalumnae) in its natural habitat using a two-man submersible, the Geo, during a night dive at a depth of 180 m (590 ft) off Grand Comore (Comoros). The coelacanth was thought to have been extinct since the end of the Cretaceous period until a specimen was captured off South Africa in 1938.
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Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac. He is also a contributing editor of DIVER Magazine, and the scientific director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving in 1982.