Scientists have found 4 new species of strolling sharks proving the ocean in some way can all the time appear slightly extra mysterious.
In keeping with a examine printed within the Marine and Freshwater Analysis journal on Tuesday, the Hemiscylliidae genus of sharks “stroll” utilizing their pectoral and pelvic fins to maneuver throughout the ocean ground and dwell in coastal waters round northern Australia and the island of New Guinea.
However if you happen to’re now having visions of a strolling Jaws strolling towards you thru the surf, to not fear. The scientists who authored the examine say that strolling sharks, additionally known as “epaulette” sharks, pose no menace to people as they’re lower than a meter lengthy on common and feed on solely small fish and invertebrates.
“Strolling sharks current no menace to individuals however their potential to resist low oxygen environments and stroll on their fins provides them a exceptional edge over their prey of small crustaceans and molluscs,” Christine Dudgeon, the lead creator of the examine, and a researcher at Australia’s College of Queensland, stated in an announcement.
The invention of 4 new species brings the entire variety of identified strolling shark species to 9. These sharks are thought to have began to evolve round 9 million years in the past (not lengthy in any respect in evolutionary phrases), which makes them the “youngest” sharks on the planet, in accordance with Mark Erdmann, a co-author of the examine, and the vp of Conservation Worldwide’s Asia-Pacific marine division.
“The invention proves that fashionable sharks have exceptional evolutionary endurance and the power to adapt to environmental adjustments,” Erdmann instructed CNN.