31 Aug 2013

Walking sharks discovered

6:53 am on 31 August 2013

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

Conservation International said the brown and white bamboo shark pushes itself along the ocean floor as it forages for small fish and crustaceans at night.

The shark, which has a maximum length of 80cm and is harmless to humans, was discovered off Halmahera, one of the Maluku Islands west of New Guinea.

Bamboo sharks are also known as longtail carpet sharks. Their tails that are bigger than the rest of their bodies.

They found in tropical waters around Indonesia, Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Conservation International was working with the Western Australian Museum.