New 'Walking Shark' Species Identified Off Indonesia

A new species of epaulet shark has been discovered in waters off a remote Indonesian island. Officially called Hemiscyllium halamhera, the shark was first seen by divers in 2008 as it “walked” along sea floor, but has only now been identified as a new species.

The newly discovered shark is a new species of epaulet, or “walking shark”, characterized by its method of foraging for smaller fish and crustaceans using its pectoral and pelvic fins to “walk” along the sea floor. The shark is believed …

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