the coelacanth lives in peace with other members of its species, but tends to avoid making physical contact with them. they live in crowds within caves 100-500m below the surface, and despite their size they tend to flee from threats. their main predator is deep-sea sharks, and accidental overfishing. the coelacanth is not an edible fish but is sometimes snagged with oilfish.

because each coelacanth has a different set of markings, scientists think they are able to recognize one another and communicate.

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