Researches from Conservation International published the discovery of a new species of walking shark near the island of Halmahera. The shark, Hemiscyllium halmahera, uses its fins to “walk” along the sea floor.
The new species belongs to the family of sharks known as bamboo or longtail carpet sharks. These creatures live on the ocean floor, using their fins to gently ambulate around. Their long slender bodies help with the process, allowing them to wiggle side to side to move.Bamboo sharks are relatively small, with the largest species growing to around 48 inches or 1.22 metres in length. The new discoveries were seen to be around 28 inches or 70cm long.
The waling shark do not pose any real threat to humans but they definitely do to all smaller fish and invertebrates that live on the sea floor.
How Cool is that!