Just when we thought we had seen it all, a video reveals a species that amazes us again.
You also associate the word shark with swimming, right? That is why it is shocking to know that there are some species of sharks who own a peculiar way of moving by the seabed. As reported by the specialized medium Live Science, a group of researchers belonging to Discovery Channel they came across a surprising fact on the night of May 3, 2022, as you can see in the video that we show you below these lines. The Papua New Guinea coast is the area that hid this very elusive species of shark, which is classified as ocellated longtail sharkand that has always been elusive to the cameras of curious researchers.
A curious way of walking, which helps this shark to hunt in places inaccessible to other species
The adaptation of some species to its natural environment is worth admiring. This kind of shark lives with others on the coasts of Papua New Guinea and Australiaalthough it has a innate ability to hunt to other animals. While the rest of the sharks need a large amount of water to move by swimming, this sharkwhich can reach a meter in length, is capable of traverse shallow water and hunt crabs and other types of marine invertebrates. When the low tide catches them In coral reefs, the dogshark can move their finsas if walking, for climb and jump until the next tide pool.
In addition to this ability to move, this shark species is also capable of survive on land with a simple breath of oxygen, which is perfect for marine environments with low oxygen saturation, as is often the case with tide pools. A 2020 study published in Marine & Freshwater Research suggests that this walking ability has been won in the last 9 million yearswhich would mean a much faster evolution than is usual in other species.
It is evident the excitement of the scientific community with this shark, similar to the surprising eel shark, and its curious way of moving through the marine environment. Forrest Gallantbiologist and conservationist, has been the one who has shown the world the ability of the shark in a Discovery Channel special titled The island of walking sharksstating that:
This is the first time in history that one of the Papua New Guinea dogshark species has been documented walking. It’s really amazing.