In this video, Atlas Obscura digs out an ancient, giant fish from the archives of the Wet Specimen Collection at Chicago's Field Museum. The Coelacanth species of fish has been around for over 400 million years and is incredibly oily, and slightly stinky. Although I can admire the yellow eyeballs and sharp teeth of this particular Coelacanth from afar, it isn't a fish I'd be thrilled to swim with.
What's it like to unbox a giant, ancient fish? On this episode of Object of Intrigue, we visit the Wet Specimen Collection of Chicago's Field Museum to watch the process of unpacking a Coelacanth, a fish whose species has been around for more than 400 million years and can grow to more than 2 meters (6 feet 6 inches) long and weigh up to 200 pounds.