Aug. 21, 2018

SUFB 542: Coelacanth Colony Could Be Wiped Out By Potential Oil Drilling

SUFB 542: Coelacanth Colony Could Be Wiped Out By Potential Oil Drilling

The Coelacanth is one of those fish species that could easily be my favourite fish. It's prehistoric history and evolutionary importance fascinates me. The manner in which the pelvic fins move is captivating. As you can see, I am very passionate about...


The Coelacanth is one of those fish species that could easily be my favourite fish. It's prehistoric history and evolutionary importance fascinates me. The manner in which the pelvic fins move is captivating. As you can see, I am very passionate about coelacanths. 

Unfortunately, the coelacanth is critically endangered with only 30 left in the population off the coast of Africa. The species is also facing some trouble that could wipe them out if there is a major problem in the future. 

An Oil company, called Eni, is vying to start exploring and drilling in the region. Eni conducted an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) that had little mention of the potential problem an oil spill might have on the critically endangered species. We've heard that promise before.

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