Fine art illustration of a West Indian Ocean Coelacanth. The print is hand-signed by the artist and is guaranteed to arrive in perfect condition. The reproduction of this original pen and ink drawing is done on high quality acid-free archival paper. Call 1 800-913-7906 for more information or to order by phone. Click here for shipping info.
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The West Indian Ocean Coelacanth was completed on 1.4.2013. As I approach 1000 animal drawings (I'm currently on about 750) I'm taking more and freedoms as to the species I draw. I've known about the Coelacanth for many years, how it was "discovered" off the coast of Africa when it was thought to have gone extinct millions of years ago. A recent video posted by National Geographic inspired me to draw one. The inking took about three days and the digital tinting another one. I'm pretty happy with the results.
The West Indian Ocean Coelacanth is one of two extant species of coelacanth. This fish is well known for being a "living fossil" as one was found in 1938, and was a commonly held belief that the animal had gone extinct millions of years ago. They are large fish, growing to over six feet (three meters) weighing about 200 pounds (80 kilograms) Because the coelacanth is such an ancient life form, they are more closely related to lungfish, reptiles and mammals they are are to the common ray-finned fish. The fish is so rare that when Hendrik Goosen, the captain of the trawler Nerine who discovered the coelacanth would have to look for a decade to find another one. The species is considered critically endangered and there may be a few as 500 individuals in the wild.