A walking shark has been discovered off a remote Indonesian Island living in a reef. Before you get too excited picturing a shark strolling along the beach, the movement is more like a crawl, with this new species of walking shark using its pectoral and dorsal fins, which gives it a walk-like gaite, according to Fox News on Aug. 30.
Mark Erdmann, a marine biologist and adviser with Conservation International who was also a co-author on the study describing the species, said that the shark can grow up to 27 inches long. This new species is harmless to humans, Erdmann said.
The shark species is named Hemiscyllium Halmahera. The shark is named after the eastern Indonesian island of Halmahera where it was found. Sharks in this category are often referred to as epaulette sharks, since many sport markings resembling military camouflage. as seen in the video above.
There are nine known species of epaulette or walking sharks, six out of the nine are found in Indonesia. Fahmi, a man who goes by his first name only, is a shark researcher at the Indonesian Institute of Science, described how these sharks live on the reef. He said that the sharks lay eggs under coral ledges, once the eggs hatch the babies live "relatively sedentary lives" until adulthood.
Since the sharks do not cross areas of deep water, this would explain why they are found concentrated in a few areas of the world and why they are only found living on isolated reefs. The sharks are found throughout Indonesian and western Pacific waters.