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New species of 'walking' shark discovered

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 02:21 PM

The Telegraph said:

The brown spotted fish, which has been called Hemiscyllium halmahera, is a species of bamboo shark that grows up to 27 inches in length.

The sharks live on the ocean floor and wriggle their bodies so that their fins push them along in a walking motion.

Two specimens of the shy fish were discovered off the coast of Ternate island, near Halmahera, in the Indonesian archipelago of Muluku.

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 03:45 PM

I was just looking at this on the Telegraph. Neat video!

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 04:48 PM

Cool! Always have had an interest in sharks. :tu:

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 05:30 PM

Walking sharks.

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 06:06 AM

Pretty cool. The way it moves reminds me of a land lizard.

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 06:22 AM

View PostSkepticalB, on 28 August 2013 - 05:30 PM, said:

Walking sharks.

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Could be worse: zombie walking sharks!

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 07:22 AM

Cute little thing!  It seems like an undulating, bottom contact movement might be more energy efficient.  Though, I thought sharks had to maintain a constant motion to keep oxygenated water flowing across their gills?  In that case crawling on the bottom seems harder than swimming in a neutral density medium.  Maybe predator avoidance or prey acquisition balances that out?

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