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5.0 out of 5 stars The original story of the rediscovery of the Coelacanth, 29 Aug 2004
This review is from: Old fourlegs: The story of the coelacanth
The original story of the rediscovery of the coelacanth told in a gripping, adventure story style by the man who had a large part to play in the confirmation of the fish's existence and (one of its) homes. It is an inviting tale of high drama and politics and Smith is not found wanting in terms of setting out in words the fantastic and colourful activities from the original chance find of the first fish in 1938 through to 1955 when the author penned the narrative.
Being published in 1956 (2nd edition 1958), the book stops when still a lot was unknown about the fish, including its numbers and locations, but more recent books deal with this in good detail. Smith's book should be considered a gem in telling one of the most classic and incredible of fisherman's tales and at the same time presenting an interesting post-colonial insight into Southern Africa in the early Twentieth Century.
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