Video Reveals Newborn Baby Shark’s ‘Walking’ Steps

Some sharks can “walk,” and researchers recently discovered how one of these unusual shark species practices taking small steps. They begin when they are newly born, and the gait of juveniles is no different from that of older juveniles.

When the tide near a coral reef goes out, a small carpet species the shark is often left behind. When trapped in shallow tidal pools with decreasing oxygen levels and rising temperatures – or worse, beached on hot slabs of exposed reef – most aquatic species wouldn’t stand a chance. But the epaulet shark (Hemiscyllium ocellatum) can hold its breath for hours and tolerate a range of temperatures. And in a pinch, it can walk.

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