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Diver describes 'magnificent' encounter with rare coelacanth in KZN waters

25 November 2019 6:20 PM
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Recreational diver Mike Fraser says he never expected that he would ever have a close encounter with the rare fish.

Recreational diver Mike Fraser was part of a small diving group that sighted a rare coelacanth off Pumula on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal on Friday.

Fraser, his son and two friends stumbled upon the rare fish while diving at the depth of 72 metres off Pumula.

It's understood that this marks the 34th sighting of a coelacanth off the coast of South Africa.

Fraser described the once-in-lifetime experience that he had while exploring KZN waters.

It's been a dream of mine for years, but I never expected that it would be fulfilled.

Mike Fraser, recreational diver

When we saw the coelacanth, we knew exactly what it was.

Mike Fraser, recreational diver

We were joking about what it would be like seeing a coelacanth on the dive, never thinking that it would happen.

Mike Fraser, recreational diver

It's a magnificent experience.

Mike Fraser, recreational diver

Listen to him relay the encounter to John Maytham:


25 November 2019 6:20 PM
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