There were several people involved in the discovery
and naming of the rediscovered Coelacanth. The fisherman who let Miss Latimer search through his catch
was Captain Hendrick Goosen, of the trawler Nerine (Coad, 1998). Without him the fish may never have been found.
After Miss Latimer saw the fish, she drew a sketch of it and wrote a letter to professor J.L.B. Smith, who had a passion for fish, at Rhodes University near East London (Coad, 1998). With her quick sketch he confirmed that it was the ancient fish. The problem was that he needed to examine a specimen. In an attempt to preserve the fish, Miss Latimer had the fish mounted (Coad, 1998). This was a problem because Mr. Smith could not examine the bone structure or innards of the fish because they had been removed (Coad, 1998). This meant that another one had to be found, so that he could confirm that it was the Coelacanth (Coad, 1998). He used the help of Captain Eric Hunt to post reward notices on the Comoros Islands to get someone to let Mr. Smith know if another one had been found.
One day, after fourteen years of searching for a second sample a local fisherman found one and it was quickly sent to Mr. Smith (Coad, 1998). With the second sample, the first fish was confirmed to be the Coelacanth (Coad, 1998).