New species of 'walking' shark discovered in Indonesia
Monday, August 26, 2013, 3:19 PM -
It's a slender, spotted shark that prefers to 'walk' along the ocean floor, rather than swim.
Yes -- you read that right: Scientists have discovered a new species of walking fish in Indonesia, also referred to as Hemiscyllium halmahera.
The find was made by a team led by Dr. Gerald Allen of the Western Australian Museum.
Dr. Allen says the species has a unique colour pattern, which includes large, dark spots. It's a relatively small fish, reaching a top size of about 70 cm.
More details on the recent discovery can be found in the Aqua International Journal of Ichthyology.