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Rare Fish Caught Off Indonesia

May 21, 2007

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian fisherman hooked a rare coelacanth, a species once thought extinct, and briefly kept it alive in a pool.

Justinus Lahama caught the 110-pound fish early Saturday.

The fish died 17 hours later, an extraordinary survival time, marine biologist Lucky Lumingas said Sunday.

“The fish should have died within two hours because this species only lives in deep, cold-sea environment,” he said.

The coelacanth was believed to have been extinct for 65 million years until one was found in 1938 off Africa’s coast.

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