‘Walking sharks’ captured on video amaze scientists

On a remote outcrop as night fell on the coast of Papua New Guinea on May 3, 2022, scientists encountered something amazing: a walking shark. Using its fins to drag itself, the small, tan-and-black spotted shark crossed a tidal pool that barely held enough water to brush its belly, moving like a heavy sea lion as it dragged its body on the shore.

The creature was an epaulette shark (Hemiscyllium ocellatum), and is unique among shark species in its ability to walk on land. Forrest Galante, conservationist and biologist, recently shared rare images 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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