Coelacanth Chronicles

Ian Goldberg's Hub For Poetry About The Sea

Embrace The Deep


“The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.”

Joseph Conrad


Coelacanths constitute what is known as a Lazarus Taxon - a species that's vanished from the fossil record only to reemerge again like a latter-day Pog revival or a beloved pet surviving a hurricane. Maybe it's sentimental, but I think there's a certain majesty to a 400 million old fish existing without our knowledge. It speaks to a primal perhaps even subconscious aspect of the sea. What else might be waiting for us if the Coelacanth can survive?

Plus, they do look pretty cute in their own dopey, snaggletooth kind of way. 


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