Why would you want a partner unwilling to talk about coelacanths?

That sounds like an excellent date (I am far, far out of the dating pool, so personally not interested.) The only possible error is that they could have talked about spiders, instead.


  1. davidc1 says

    ” Well it’s been a wonderful evening,would you care to come inside for a coffee,and have a look at my
    vast collection of BBBVS’s”?*
    What’s a boy to do?

    Bloody Big Bastard Venomous Spiders .

  2. robert79 says

    A lecture… did she prepare slides and/or bring a blackboard to scribble equations on? (Okay… I’m a maths guy, not a fish person… what do biologists do in a lecture?) That might be going a bit too far for a first date, I’d save that for when you spend your first weekend together.

  3. raven says

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    Just recently, a guy in Maryland was found dead among his collecion of 124 snakes, many of them venomous.

    I’m just guessing here but I doubt if David Riston had many repeat dates after he brought someone home once.

  4. PaulBC says

    One mistake could be burying the lede. If you don’t start out with the fact that one was found alive in 1938, it will be just another one of those ho-hum extinct species first dates.

    Also, no matter how much you’re tempted, don’t say “So it wasn’t a coelacanth after all. It was a See Luh Can!” (Uh, trust me on this one.)

  5. mordred says

    Definitely wasn’t me. That would so be my kind of date!
    My last date preached her faith and made it clear that there would be no sex before marriage with her!

  6. Bruce says

    Obviously, the guy is silent out of his shame in not knowing basic facts about evolutionarily extreme examples. When someone’s weakness has been so exposed, he knows he can’t aspire to becoming competitive.

  7. birgerjohansson says

    Maybe he was more into Ichtyostega Gunnari? You know, more of a terrestrial predator, the lion of its time.

  8. kome says

    I’m more into herpetology than ichthyology, personally, but I still appreciate the overlap between the disciplines. If this ever happened to me, I’d return serve with a 30 minute lecture on crested geckos that I always have at the ready (because they are, objectively, the most adorable reptile in the world even though there are quite a few strong contenders).

  9. klatu says


    Does she have an OnlyFish account? Asking for a friend…

    I don’t know, but her OnlyFins is to dive for.

    (I’ll see myself out…)

  10. Thomas Scott says

    She might be well advised to vet future dates from the roles of SPOOF (Society for the Protection Of Old Fishes*) membership.

    *An incorporated nonprofit in Washington State.

  11. ardipithecus says

    I really can’t think of why he hasn’t called . . . unless maybe she innocently committed some egregious faux pas such as putting coffee in his wine.

  12. keinsignal says

    There’s a lot of missing details here. How did the Q&A go? Were there slides?

  13. Steve Caldwell says

    If one has already read Gaining Ground: The Origin and Evolution of Tetrapods by Jenny Clack and Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish, it might be an interesting date even for the layperson who isn’t an ichthyologist.

  14. Azkyroth, B*Cos[F(u)]==Y says

    Presumably the guy’s just waiting to reemerge after 65 million years.