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Coelacanth Endangered Fish by Eliea Coelacanth Endangered Fish by Eliea
"In 1989, the coelacanth was declared an endangered species by the international community. Their current world population is believed to be fewer than 500 animals. This means that without protection, this prehistoric animal that has survived for over 350 million years could be wiped out in our lifetime. "
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More info on these guys:
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Second in my REAL endangered animals Stamp Series. Thanks for the suggestion :iconattack-hamburger:!
Comments with suggestions for other endangered animals to give credit for are welcome!
Previous Stamps in this series:
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Planning to do: Audubon's Crested Caracara, Kakapo, or Hawaiian Crow next!

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Critique is welcome!
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MagnoV824 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
true about these fish, talk about lucky they actually survived that far, not mention they are awesome fish to learn of how they lived millions of years ago.
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leppaberrie Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
If Animal Crossing has taught me anything, it's that these things are RARE!
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Captain-Forest Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Student General Artist
Ive seen this stamp around a few times but for a different animal. I'm all for protecting endangered species but my real question is; what is and isn't considered a "real" endangered species and why? I thought that if the animal is below a certain population number that it gets accounted for as an endangered species. The only case that i can imagine it not being actually endangered is those few moments or days before it gets take off the list and is accounted for as a thriving healthy species.
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Eliea Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I agree. I typed it that way as some still believe animals like wolves and foxes to be endangered when it's specific species of them and not all of them.
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Captain-Forest Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah i see ok that makes sense.
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longwing Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
I love coelacanths! They are sooooo beautiful in an out of this world kind of way and an inspiration to women who want to be scientists as they were discovered by a woman! She was the curator of a museum and the coelacanth's genus Latimeria is named after her - Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer! If you're interested in them you should read "A Fish Caught in Time", it's the story of the coelacanth's discovery and then trying to find another one as the first was spoilt because they didn't preserve it in time.
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LilCoqui Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
I think Coelacanths are pretty awesome~ :3 Also, the Pokemon Relicanth IS based on the Coelacanth. XD Two species of them, actually. Anyway, I really hope they don't go extinct.
PS: I can also mention another animal that is really endangered... yet hardly a thing is being done to save them. o-o
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Eliea Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
if it's another truely endangered animal I am looking for more to make stamps of. I actually need to make some soon! :) hopefully I can find a good picture. That's the hard part!
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LilCoqui Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
Yeah, it is. [link] There's many species of Coqui, but... almost all of them are in danger of extinction and hardly any of them are known by people. D: And scientists aren't even sure if the Golden Coqui [link] and the Web-footed Coqui [link] are extinct since they stopped trying to learn more about them in the 70's and at the beginning of the 80's. Plus many of the Coqui species are dying off in Puerto Rico, and in Hawaii the Coquis are being killed off because people there can't stand their sound.
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Eliea Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome recommendation! I don't think I'd heard of these guys before but they totally deserve some recognition.
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