AT RISK: Rare Coelacanth Fish

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The coelacanth is probably the most endangered fish you’ve never heard of!

Found mostly in the shallow waters off of Africa, the fish was thought to have gone extinct 65 million years ago until a live one was hauled out of the sea in 1938.

Since then, the ultra-rare fish has also been found near the islands of Yambe and Karange in Tanzania — one of the few spots on the planet.

But even here — a sanctioned marine preserve — they may not be safe for long. The Tanzanian government wants to build a $400 million port in the area — whose construction and subsequent ship traffic would likely kill off the Coelacanth (not to mention local fisherman and seaweed farmers).

Port proponents say it is needed to help develop lucrative mining and development projects. Opponents contend an equally effective port could be built just five miles away at a fraction of the cost and with a fraction of the environmental damage!

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