“Walking sharks” captured on video amazed scientists

At a remote outcrop at nightfall off the coast of Papua New Guinea on May 3, 2022, scientists encountered something incredible: a walking shark. Using its fins to drag itself, the diminutive tan and black-spotted shark fluttered through a tidal pool that contained barely enough water to clean its belly, moving like a clumsy sea lion as it dragged its body along the shore.

The creature was an epaulet shark (Hemiscyllium ocellatum), and is unique among shark species in its ability to walk on land. Forrest Galante, a conservationist and biologist, recently shared rare footage of this unusual species in a new Discovery Channel special Shark week called “Walking Shark Island”. (opens in new tab).”

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