Scientists working with the Discovery Channel stumbled upon something unusual the night of May 3, 2022 on the coast of Papua New Guinea: walking sharks. No, this doesn’t meet they have feet, but rather fins that are used to drag its body across water and onto land. Scientifically speaking, this is classified as an epaulette shark, which have rarely been captured on video.
These epaulette sharks are typically found throughout the southern coast of New Guinea as well as the northern coast of Australia. Scientists believe they evolved the ability to walk to aid them in foragomg for food in environments where other sharks couldn’t survive. The island featured here is right up there with the Sharkano in terms of places that marine life lovers should visit if they ever get the chance.
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All traits are selected for when it allows [a species] to survive better and eke out an environment where they’re safe and can get food,” said Gavin Naylor, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. Epaulette sharks, which grow to about 3.3 feet (1 meter) in length, swim into shallow coral reefs to hunt for crabs and other invertebrates, their preferred food,” said Gavin Naylor, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History to Live Science.