“Walking sharks” are quite common in the waters off northern Australia and Indonesia. They are sharks who can use their fins to walk on the sand and rocks. However, a new species of walking sharks discovered, in the Indonesian waters is attracting the attention of marine lovers.
According to Dr. Christine Dudgeon of the University of Queensland, four new species of walking sharks have recently been discovered.
“Genetic data suggests that these new species evolved when sharks moved away from their original population. They have genetically isolated themselves in new areas and have developed into new species,” she explained.
“It is a unique adaptation and it means that they can exploit a habitat when other predators cannot. Their fins give them a remarkable advantage over prey such as small crustaceans and molluscs. ” She highlighted on the walking sharks.
The good part is, “with less than a meter in length on average, these sharks pose no threat to humans. “
“but their ability to walk and resist low oxygen environments gives them a noticeable advantage over prey like small crustaceans and mollusks “
These four new walking sharks discovered increase the number of species of walking sharks to nine, with these animals, mainly, in the coastal waters of Australia and New Guinea.
Researchers also point to the possibility that these sharks have moved away from their original population and have ended up genetically modifying themselves to adapt to new environments.