50 New Species Found in Indonesia Reefs

Posted on October 2, 2006  Comments (5)

Photo of walking shark

“Walking” Sharks Among 50 New Species Found in Indonesia Reefs

The sharks are about 3 to 4 feet (1 to 1.2 meters) long and walk along the shallow reef flats on their fins, preying on shrimp, crabs, snails, and small fish.

“If they get spooked they can swim away, but the thing that stands out is their walking over the bottom,” Troeng said.

The photo is of one of two species of walking sharks found. See video of the sharks and of more of the species found in Indonesia.

5 Responses to “50 New Species Found in Indonesia Reefs”

  1. CuriousCat: Big Atlantic Sharks Disappearing, Study Warns
    February 17th, 2008 @ 12:21 pm

    “As larger sharks disappeared, smaller ones and rays, both often prey, exploded over the same period. One in particular, the cownose ray, perpetuated to the point that by 2004 it gulped down much of the scallop population in Chesapeake Bay…”

  2. Curious Cat » Female Sharks Can Reproduce Alone
    February 25th, 2008 @ 3:26 pm

    “Though the three females had been caught before they reached sexual maturity and held in captivity for more than three years, researchers initially thought one had stored sperm from a male shark before fertilizing an egg…”

  3. Adieska
    July 12th, 2008 @ 10:05 am

    Wow… Thanks for this info. I just know about it. I’m an Indonesian and Taking Forestry at North Sumatra University. Sometimes I involved in Environment NGO’s activity as a volunteer 🙂

  4. wally
    November 6th, 2008 @ 4:39 am

    Dob’t tell the Indonesions they are there, shark finning will be theit demise.

  5. Anonymous
    August 9th, 2009 @ 7:24 am

    wow… great info,oh,im engineer too… im graduated from indonesian institute of technology… thanks curious cat!!!

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