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New 'walking' shark discovered

Small species lives on the ocean floor.

By Vetstreet Aug 29, 2013 4:05PM

A new brown spotted shark discovered by a Conservation International team off the coast of Indonesia is a species of bamboo shark that grows to just 27 inches long. The fish live on the ocean floor and move their bodies so that their fins push them along in a motion that looks like walking.

Bamboo shark Hemiscyllium halmahera (© Mark Erdmann/Wedaresort, www.wedaresort.com) Bing: 10 most dangerous sharks

The shark searches on the seabed for marine invertebrates and small fish to eat. 

Gerald Allen, a biologist who led the team that made the discovery, describes Hemiscyllium halmahera in the International Journal of Ichthyology.

— Read it at the U.K.’s Telegraph

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Photo: Bamboo shark Hemiscyllium halmahera (© Mark Erdmann/Wedaresort, www.wedaresort.com)

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Sep 5, 2013 2:13PM
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This just in-

New flooring type for your home.. Natural hardwood, it makes everything look so elegant.

Sep 5, 2013 12:17AM
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We can now have walking sharknado movies..Lol:) ♪
Aug 29, 2013 10:34PM
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Not news. Watched a show on national geographic, about a month ago, that showed these. Facts MSN, facts....

Aug 29, 2013 10:28PM
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You know why sharks don't eat lawyers?   Out of professional courtesy;-)

On the Animal Planet show 'Tanked', they built a tank for a law firm in Las Vegas to serve as the reception desk and it was to hold sharks.  Good thing this shark is only about 2 feet long and stays on the ocean bottom.  We'd really have a problem if grew up to 6 or 7 feet and could walk on land.  That would be a really mess.

Aug 29, 2013 10:08PM
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We've had them for hundreds of years. We call them "lawyers."
Aug 29, 2013 9:41PM
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Oh !  Wow !  Sharks, much smaller that kids have been putting in aquariums for the last fifty years have been walking on the pink, purple green and yellow gravel the whole time.  Probably since the dawn of evolution.     How about you do a story with real reporting with things like, uh, facts. 

And I'm still waiting to here about what happened in Libya from you folks...

Maybe they have walking, skipping sharks there too.

Aug 29, 2013 9:14PM
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This is utterly amazing. The-fins-kinda-almost-move-as-if-they-were-remotely-like-"walking".....if you sorta squint your eyes a bit and maybe turn your head to the left a tad when you watch the video. just typing this about it has made it so it's already too late for me to go take a cold shower over it. THANK YOU, MSNBC!
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