This fish that was discovered to be alive and well on planet earth was the catch of the century. The now-famous Coelacanth was a large fish known from its fossils and allegedly extinct for 65 million years. Extinct, that is, until several specimens were found in the ocean. The first was found in a fisherman’s net off the coast of South Africa on December 25, 1938. Since then many more have been found alive. The first one got the scientific name Coelacanth latimeria.
It only requires a moment’s thought to arrive at a startling fact : How could the Coelacanth have become extinct 65 million years ago, and then be found now? In order to be declared “extinct” such a long time ago, the creature would obviously have to have been found by paleontologists in older strata and then not found at all in more recent strata. Why is the Coelacanth not in these more recent strata? Did it decide to hibernate for 65 million years? This is clear-cut evidence that the sedimentary strata was the result of a rapid laying down of sediments during the Flood (Genesis 6-9), rather than the tortuously slow “one hundred years per inch” deposition pattern (uniformitarianism) theorized by the evolutionists.
What also makes the Coelacanth so famous is that it is consider a “living fossil” by scientists who have been studying hidden animals. They call this study “cryptozoology”. These cryptozoologists who are evolutionists believe that coelacanths some how got “hidden” for millions of years and then appeared again when fisherman stumbled upon them with their fishing nets. But surprisely enough these fish have been caught and eaten by the natives in the area where they were found for centuries.
The Coelacanth can be considered a “dinofish“. But mainly it can be considered a fish that is evidence for creation not evolution. In the fossil record its fossil is the same as it looks now. If evolution is true would not Coelacanth look differently today? Why has it not change? I believe the Coelacanth survived the worldwide Genesis Flood (Genesis 6-9). The ones that died were fossilized during this great cataclysmic event.