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Are there any folk beliefs or legends associated with the coelacanth?

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Yes, there are various folk beliefs and legends associated with the coelacanth. For instance, the Bajau people of Indonesia believe the fish has supernatural powers and can bring good luck and fortune. Meanwhile, the Comorian people believe that the coelacanth is a symbol of the island's independence and resistance against colonization.
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As far as I know, there are no known folk beliefs or legends specifically associated with the coelacanth. However, in some cultures, fossils of prehistoric fish have been associated with mythical creatures or seen as omens. The coelacanth's discovery in the 20th century after being thought extinct for millions of years did create some excitement and fascination among the public and scientists alike.


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As far as my knowledge cutoff date in September 2021, there were no well-documented folk beliefs or legends specifically associated with coelacanths. These fish were largely unknown to the wider world until their rediscovery in the 20th century. However, in some regions where coelacanths are found, there might be local stories or folklore related to unusual deep-sea creatures, but specific tales about coelacanths are not widely known.

It's worth noting that the rediscovery of coelacanths in the 20th century did lead to their iconic status in the field of biology and the popular imagination, as they are often referred to as "living fossils" due to their ancient lineage and the belief that they went extinct with the dinosaurs. This fact, along with their unique appearance, has contributed to their cultural significance. If there have been any developments or folk beliefs related to coelacanths after my last knowledge update, I would not have information about them.
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