A new study has found that the giant fish coelacanth's pregnancy lasts about 5 yrs. The fish is still around from dinosaur times & can live for 100 years. The females hit sexual maturity in their late 50s, while the male matures sexually at 40-69 yrs.

     

Weird 'living fossil' fish lives 100 years, pregnant for five

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A new study has found that the giant fish coelacanth's pregnancy lasts about 5 yrs. The fish which is still around from dinosaur times & can live for 100 years. The females hit sexual maturity in their late 50s, while the male matures sexually at 40-69 yrs.

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These slow-moving, people-sized fish of the deep, nicknamed a "living fossil," are the opposite of the live fast, die young mantra. These nocturnal fish grow at an achingly slow pace.

Coelacanths, which have been around for 400 million years, were thought extinct until they were found alive in 1938 off South Africa. Scientists long believed coelacanths live about 20 years. But by applying a standard technique for dating commercial fish, French scientists calculated they actually live close to a century, according to a study in Thursday's Current Biology.

Coelacanths are so endangered that scientists can only study specimens already caught and dead.