The first well-preserved coelacanth, shortly after catch
Though the coelacanth was confirmed as not extinct by Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer in 1938, the first specimen suitable for complete study and display was not caught until 1952. There were even more troubles getting to and preserving this fish than Latimer had with hers, but this time around, the resources and transportation to get to it in time were available. Well, sort of. The Prime Minister of South Africa himself had to get involved in order to have this newly-extant species preserved!
The Search Beneath the Sea: The Story of the Coelacanth. J.L.B. Smith, 1952.

The first well-preserved coelacanth, shortly after catch

Though the coelacanth was confirmed as not extinct by Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer in 1938, the first specimen suitable for complete study and display was not caught until 1952.

There were even more troubles getting to and preserving this fish than Latimer had with hers, but this time around, the resources and transportation to get to it in time were available. Well, sort of. The Prime Minister of South Africa himself had to get involved in order to have this newly-extant species preserved!

The Search Beneath the Sea: The Story of the Coelacanth. J.L.B. Smith, 1952.

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