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'Walking' shark discovered in Indonesia
Phys.Org ^ | 08-30-2013 | Staff

Posted on 08/30/2013 11:49:52 AM PDT by Red Badger

A new species of shark that "walks" along the seabed using its fins as tiny legs has been discovered in eastern Indonesia, an environmental group said Friday.

The brown and white bamboo shark pushes itself along the ocean floor as it forages for small fish and crustaceans at night, said Conservation International, whose scientists were involved in its discovery.

The shark, which grows to a maximum length of just 80 centimetres (30 inches) and is harmless to humans, was discovered off Halmahera, one of the Maluku Islands that lie west of New Guinea.

Bamboo sharks, also known as longtail carpet sharks, are relatively small compared to their larger cousins, with the largest adult reaching only about 120 centimetres (47 inches) in length.

They have unusually long tails that are bigger than the rest of their bodies and are found in tropical waters around Indonesia, Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Conservation International said the discovery of the shark, which was first disclosed in the International Journal of Ichthyology, "should help draw diver interest to this mega-diverse but largely undiscovered region".

Ketut Sarjana Putra, Indonesia country director for the group, said the Hemiscyllium halmahera shark could "serve as an excellent ambassador to call public attention to the fact that most sharks are harmless to humans and are worthy of our conservation attention".

Conservation International, whose scientists discovered the shark along with colleagues from the Western Australian Museum, added it came at a time when Indonesia was increasing its efforts to protect shark and ray species.


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: bambooshark; fish; godsgravesglyphs; ichthyology; indonesia; landshark; ocean; shark

The newfound species of walking shark, Hemiscyllium Halmahera, grows up to 27 inches long and is harmless to humans. (Conservation International/photo by Mark Erdmann)

1 posted on 08/30/2013 11:49:52 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

The newfound species of walking shark, Hemiscyllium Halmahera, grows up to 27 inches long and is harmless to humans “for now...”

Fixed it for you!


2 posted on 08/30/2013 11:52:05 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Red Badger

Sharknado III: When Sharks Roamed the Earth


3 posted on 08/30/2013 11:52:36 AM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: Red Badger
I'm only a dolphin, ma'am.
4 posted on 08/30/2013 11:53:54 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: Red Badger

Candygram ...


5 posted on 08/30/2013 11:53:58 AM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (I remember when a President having an "enemies list" was a scandal. Now, they have a kill list.)
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To: Red Badger

6 posted on 08/30/2013 11:54:52 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Red Badger
Okay, Sci-Fi...get busy working on a movie that combines "Sharknado" with "Walking Tall". Tara Reid and Dewayne Johnson can co-star.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

7 posted on 08/30/2013 11:56:05 AM PDT by wku man (It's almost deer season, got your DEERGOGGLES on yet? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jexrnFq2fXY)
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To: Red Badger
Walking Shark


9 posted on 08/30/2013 11:57:03 AM PDT by Slyfox (Without the Right to Life, all other rights are meaningless.)
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To: wku man

Gonna need a faster car.............

10 posted on 08/30/2013 11:57:33 AM PDT by Red Badger (It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong. .....Voltaire)
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To: Red Badger

Lawyers are safe....”Professional Courtesy.”


11 posted on 08/30/2013 11:57:44 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

“Candygram”


12 posted on 08/30/2013 11:59:11 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Red Badger

Go to any lawyers convention and you will find many more.

They need to join their fellow shark at the bottom of the ocean too.


13 posted on 08/30/2013 12:00:05 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Red Badger

Fins to the left...Fins to the right....


14 posted on 08/30/2013 12:00:36 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kaehurowing; max americana

lol
ping the syfy channel... quickly


15 posted on 08/30/2013 12:00:37 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Lakeshark; null and void; Borax Queen; derllak

We already know one!


16 posted on 08/30/2013 12:00:55 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: kaehurowing

17 posted on 08/30/2013 12:02:46 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Red Badger

It only walks because it lacks the thumb necessary to hitchhike.


18 posted on 08/30/2013 12:03:01 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: dfwgator

Fins to the left...Fins to the right....

Repeat as necessary..........


19 posted on 08/30/2013 12:06:13 PM PDT by Red Badger (It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong. .....Voltaire)
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To: WayneS

It walks because it can’t drive..........


20 posted on 08/30/2013 12:06:57 PM PDT by Red Badger (It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong. .....Voltaire)
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To: Red Badger

Old Guy: Gonna need a faster walker


21 posted on 08/30/2013 12:08:52 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Red Badger; AceMineral; Aevery_Freeman; a fool in paradise; Alex Murphy; Altariel; ...

22 posted on 08/30/2013 12:10:47 PM PDT by null and void (Bush: Cowboy Diplomacy. Obama: Rodeo Clown Diplomacy.)
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To: Red Badger

Nothing new. I saw one on Saturday Night Live 30 years ago.


23 posted on 08/30/2013 12:19:23 PM PDT by Alex in chains
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To: null and void

24 posted on 08/30/2013 12:24:25 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Red Badger

Hmmm... I discovered female walking sharks in bars around Pensacola when I was in flight training...


25 posted on 08/30/2013 12:36:18 PM PDT by pabianice
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26 posted on 08/30/2013 12:37:19 PM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: pabianice

They’re still there............


27 posted on 08/30/2013 12:43:55 PM PDT by Red Badger (It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong. .....Voltaire)
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To: Red Badger

Walking Shark, how stupid can these people be?

We have a million of them in America.

We call them lawyers.


28 posted on 08/30/2013 12:44:27 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam! 969)
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To: Wurlitzer

....and ONE OF THEM IS DEFINITELY FROM INDONESIA...........


29 posted on 08/30/2013 12:45:28 PM PDT by Red Badger (It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong. .....Voltaire)
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To: nickcarraway

LOL! “Burglar”


30 posted on 08/30/2013 1:17:00 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Vaquero

LOL. The SyFy channel is going to rebroadcast it on Monday... along with a multitude of other cheesy shark movies.


31 posted on 08/30/2013 3:32:44 PM PDT by ken in texas (Obama schedule- Nice weather: golf, else play spades with Reggie)
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To: Darksheare; Lakeshark; null and void; derllak

We so do, lol! Walking AND driving-a-Hummer-shark!


32 posted on 08/31/2013 7:41:05 AM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: Borax Queen; Darksheare; derllak
A driving, surfing, boating, fun, 1%er chick magnet.

It's difficult to get me upset, but if someone gets on the wrong side of me, watch out.........

Because I walk softly, and carry a big chomp....................:-)

33 posted on 08/31/2013 8:36:42 AM PDT by Lakeshark (KILL THE BILL! CALL. FAX. WRITE.)
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To: Lakeshark; Borax Queen; null and void; derllak

Don’t forget the skin denticles.
Skin like sandpaper, the special morning wakeup call.


34 posted on 08/31/2013 10:41:19 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

"walks" along the seabed using its fins as tiny legs
Note: this topic is from 8/30/2013. Thanks Red Badger.

35 posted on 01/18/2015 5:35:28 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: kaehurowing; Red Badger; AceMineral; Aevery_Freeman; a fool in paradise; Alex Murphy; Altariel; ...
Sharknado ping!


36 posted on 01/18/2015 9:18:45 AM PST by null and void (The aggregate effect of competitive capitalism is indistinguishable from magic)
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