Fuck Yeah Coelacanths!
June 19, 2013 6:11 PM   Subscribe

Fuck Yeah Coelacanths! "It's a Tumblr about coelacanths. For all your coelacanth needs." [via mefi projects]

While debating whether or not to post this, librarina said to me, "I am standing on my head and spinning slowly. Your argument is invalid." So, posted.
posted by stet (32 comments total) 32 users marked this as a favorite

 
cool fish!
posted by Hoosier Prospector at 6:30 PM on June 19, 2013


Some background music for browsing the Tumblr: COELAKANTH IS ANDROID
posted by Strange Interlude at 6:30 PM on June 19, 2013 [5 favorites]


Yes, but have you ever chilled out in the lounge?
posted by planetesimal at 6:45 PM on June 19, 2013


Handy guide on how to pronounce “coelacanth”

I never knew what my life was missing before this
posted by jetlagaddict at 6:53 PM on June 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


PRAISE GOD FOR THIS
posted by Halogenhat at 6:53 PM on June 19, 2013


Shriekback..
posted by ovvl at 7:14 PM on June 19, 2013 [4 favorites]


When I was in 3rd grade, which was like way the fuck back in the 80s, I checked out this book from the school library called "Coelacanth: Search For A Living Fossil" and I was all like FUCK YEAH COELACANTH! NO WAY!, and so now this website is the culmination of all my years thinking about how fucking awesome that coelacanth is.

srsly.
posted by mcstayinskool at 7:16 PM on June 19, 2013 [6 favorites]


I have a behind the scenes position at a science museum with a very large paleontology wing. On the off day where I go out into the exhibits, patrons often start talking to me. My go-to conversation starter is to ask them if they've seen our coelacanth fossils yet. They never have any idea what I'm talking about, so I take them by both our fossils and our coelacanth model and tell them why coelacanths are pretty much the coolest animal out there. This post has made my day.
posted by helloknitty at 7:16 PM on June 19, 2013 [3 favorites]


FUCK YEAH
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 7:19 PM on June 19, 2013


At the Harvard Museum of Natural History, there is a really grody coelacanth suspended in some sort of amber preservative fluid. Each time I pass through the building, I can't help but spend a minute looking closely at it. It's kinda awesome.
posted by not_on_display at 7:31 PM on June 19, 2013 [4 favorites]


Worth it for the Cee-Lo Canth alone.
posted by jquinby at 7:33 PM on June 19, 2013 [7 favorites]


When I was a kid the man who first identified the coelacanth, JLB Smith, was a friend of my parents in the small South African university town where we lived. The coelacanth was a pretty big deal around there, obviously, but it's still strange to see how much a part of the zeitgeist old four-legs has turned out to be now. Is it the irony of it?
posted by Flashman at 7:38 PM on June 19, 2013 [3 favorites]


Metafilter: I am standing on my head and spinning slowly. Your argument is invalid.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 8:06 PM on June 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


Coelacanth eggs with poetic captions
posted by maggieb at 8:09 PM on June 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


$ hostname
coelacanth


So, yeah, I favorited this post.
posted by kenko at 8:21 PM on June 19, 2013 [3 favorites]


Just came in to see if Shriekback had been posted.

As you were.
posted by Phlegmco(tm) at 8:28 PM on June 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


I used to catch enough coelacanths to fill up my mansion, then wait for Flea Market Day, and sell those suckers to my neighbors for 24,500 bells a pop. (Animal Crossing)
posted by brina at 9:09 PM on June 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


They forgot one.
posted by sourwookie at 9:11 PM on June 19, 2013


Thank you for spreading the joy. In shared spirit, plushie coelacanths.
posted by 23 at 9:58 PM on June 19, 2013


When I taught third grade last year I had this one student who was ridiculously bright but deeply confrontational with everyone around him. He spent all of my lessons being a snotty brat until one day I launched a lesson on the extinction and preservation of animals and insects. He was searching around for an animal to research when I saw him get frustrated, check out from the lesson, and pull from his backpack an enormous book on fossils and dinosaurs. That's when it hit me -- little dude was a scientist in the making, and I knew just the creature for him to connect with. Enter the coelacanth -- and the start of a very warm, and very wonderful teacher-student relationship. I've never seen a kid flip out so wonderfully over something as benign as a research topic, but seeing as I would have done (and totally still do) the same thing when I get to look up something as cool as a coelacanth, I can't say I blame him.

Coelacanths: repairing students' respect for their teachers since before the end of the Cretaceous period.
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 10:18 PM on June 19, 2013 [13 favorites]


I've sent this video to so many people, most of whom are generally perplexed by my excitement. But every once in a while there will be someone who understands how freaking awesome coelacanths are and how amazing it is that they do those headstands and use their fins like that, and we'll geek out about it together. That is pretty much the best thing except possibly for a thread full of that.
posted by Akhu at 1:00 AM on June 20, 2013


That guy really likes coelacanths.
posted by Fists O'Fury at 5:21 AM on June 20, 2013


"Like lungfish, the other surviving lineage of lobe-finned fishes, coelacanths are actually more closely related to humans and other mammals than to ray-finned fishes such as tuna and trout."

"thought to have become extinct 70 million years earlier."

How can you not love these? I like to think that human history is like a tiny blip in their collective memory. We start writing - coelacanth's chillin' in the ocean like it always has. We build pyramids - coelacanth's still chillin' in the ocean. Renaissance? Industrial revolution? Land on the moon? That's cool, they say. We're good down here, just like we've been the last 400 million years.
posted by mrgoat at 6:30 AM on June 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


Consider now the Coelacanth,
Our only living fossil,
Persistent as the amaranth,
And status quo apostle.
It jeers at fish unfossilized
As intellectual snobs elite;
Old Coelacanth, so unrevised
It doesn't know it's obsolete.
--Ogden Nash
posted by TheophileEscargot at 6:58 AM on June 20, 2013 [4 favorites]


How can you not love these? I like to think that human history is like a tiny blip in their collective memory. We start writing - coelacanth's chillin' in the ocean like it always has. We build pyramids - coelacanth's still chillin' in the ocean. Renaissance? Industrial revolution? Land on the moon?

Collective memory, pah. Dig this 80,000-year-old tree.
posted by kenko at 7:41 AM on June 20, 2013


I read Search for a Living Fossil when I was a kid and could NOT stop talking about Coelacanths. I was in love with a fish caught in time.

Then a while back I was watching TV and there was a passing reference to my favorite anacronism comparing it to a real spare tire in a Volkswagon commercial. "Great day in the morning!"

So Fuck Yeah! Coelacanths!
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 9:22 AM on June 20, 2013 [2 favorites]


For all your coelacanth needs.

I believe it may have exceeded my coelacanth needs.
posted by blue_beetle at 11:24 AM on June 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


What CAN'T Coelacanth do?
posted by Kabanos at 11:37 AM on June 20, 2013


23: "Thank you for spreading the joy. In shared spirit, plushie coelacanths."

Plush capybaras also available!
posted by jquinby at 11:37 AM on June 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


Jeezy creezy I had no idea they are that huge.
posted by Dr. Zira at 3:55 PM on June 20, 2013


Just came in to see if Shriekback had been posted.

As you were.


In a perfect world the 45 B side slowed to 33 would be available on YT.

(it's really excellent)
posted by ovvl at 8:23 PM on June 20, 2013


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