A new species of shark that "walks" along the seabed using its fins as tiny legs has been discovered in eastern Indonesia, an environmental group said Friday.
The brown and white bamboo shark pushes itself along the ocean floor as it forages for small fish and crustaceans at night, said Conservation International, whose scientists were involved in its discovery.
The shark, which grows to a maximum length of just 80 centimetres (30 inches) and is harmless to humans, was discovered off Halmahera, one of the Maluku Islands that lie west of New Guinea.
Bamboo sharks, also known as longtail carpet sharks, are relatively small compared to their larger cousins, with the largest adult reaching only about 120 centimetres (47 inches) in length.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
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It's like a bad SyFy channel movie. They're going to come out of the water for us next.
Originally posted by Cuervo
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Just one more reason I'm thankful for evolution not taking place in real time.
Hopefully our great grand-kids will have shark repellent by the time these sharks are hiding in the bushes at Central Park.
Imagine the horror of land sharks if life had taken a different turn...
That's pretty cool though, its amazing how little we know about whats in the worlds oceans sometimes it seems we know more about space.