The “walking sharks” filmed on video amaze scientists

At a remote outcrop at nightfall on the coast of Papua New Guinea on May 3, 2022, scientists encountered something extraordinary: a walking shark. Using its fins to drag itself along, the tiny tan and black spotted shark moved through a tide pool that barely held enough water to brush its belly, moving like a clumsy sea lion as it dragged its body across the shore.

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

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