Perth, Australia based Biologist Dr. Gerald Allen and his colleagues recently discovered a new “walking” shark species off the coast of Ternate, one of the Maluku Islands in eastern Indonesian waters. Hemiscyllium Halmahera, are brown spotted fish that live on the ocean floor and use their pectoral and pelvic fins to push them along in a walking-like motion as they search for meals of small fish and invertebrates. Also known as bamboo sharks or longtail carpet sharks, they are relatively small reaching up to 28 inches in length. They are differentiated from similar looking sharks by their distinctive large horizontally elongated dark spots on their lower abdomen, a cluster of around 25 solid dark spots near their head.
source: Mark Erdmann and Weda Resort
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