Coelacanth movie filmed in E Cape

2011-10-21 09:25

East London - A documentary on the world-famous coelacanth, which is to be aired by National Geographic in 2012, is being filmed in East London, according to a report on Friday.

The film crew, headed by Ben Hewitt from the US, is hoping to capture underwater footage of a coelacanth colony thought to be living at a depth of 100m off the east coast of Africa, the Dispatch Online reported.

"I have been wanting to tell this story for a long time and we eventually got the go-ahead from National Geographic," Hewitt was quoted as saying.

"We are going to follow the entire history of the coelacanth from its first discovery to its later reappearance."

A coelacanth is a prehistoric fish that was once thought to be extinct for 70 million years until one was caught by a trawler fishing off the Chalumna River mouth in 1938.

The documentary would feature re-enactments at the East London Museum and would include modern day scuba diving expeditions in Tanzania and Sodwana Bay near KwaZulu-Natal.

The filming of the documentary started in May. Hewitt said he hoped that the one-hour special would be wrapped up by March next year.

According to the report, almost 300 sightings of coelacanths, which are pale blue with iridescent white markings and a skeletal structure, have been recorded around the world since the East London discovery.

  • kingkies - 2011-10-21 09:49

    Awsome! I get to be the first to comment. I have no doubt that this is only because the majority of readers, judging by comments on other articles, probably don't know what a coelacanth is!

      Gareth - 2011-10-21 10:01

      It's that funny bit that sticks off the end of a Micket thompson tyre...

  • Su - 2011-10-21 10:36

    Its our very own east london sea dog. Well we thought it was ours exclusively till they found millions more elsewhere and then we looked like poops.

  • YES2011 - 2011-10-21 10:49

    they were never extinct in the first place, just people so eager to jump to conclusions, :-)

  • Keith - 2011-10-21 11:03

    Exactly why the evo lie is perpetuated. So that people can fly around the world and have great diving trips etc on TV and Govt. grants. Evolution should be listed as the religion that it is and the lies taken out of the science class and txt books

      Garth - 2011-10-21 11:41

      In the context of your idiotic statement, evolution cannot be a religion you Pork Sword. For it to be a religion, by definition it would require the following: `a belief in, obedience to, or worship of a supernatural power or powers considered to be divine or to have control over human destiny.' Now, no one who believes in evolution, could possibly still be ignorant enough, to still be religious.

  • Pieter Lesch - 2013-03-30 13:43

    It's a fish, it lives in the sea at great dephts and a damn site more clever than ppl, rarely seen and almost never been caught.

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