The Blue Fish
The story of the species embodied in Royal Copenhagen’s “Blue Fish” is one of true mythical nature. On December 23rd 1938 a group of local fishermen caught a sinister looking, steel blue fish in a deep sea shark net near the mouth of the Chalumna River on the eastern coast of South Africa. Puzzled by the bizzare and unfamiliar appearance of the fish, they alerted the local museum and soon the significance of their catch was revealed. The fish was given a new name, Latimeria chalumnae, but was believed to belong to the species Coelacanth.The earliest fossils of the Coelacanth dates back 360 million years, but the fish disappeared from the fossil records roughly 80 million years ago and had long been considered extinct. Needless to say, the 1938 find caused immense excitement as the Coelacanth re-entered the records as one of the oldest animal species to still exist on earth.