New Species Of Shark Discovered: This One Walks !!

  1. Shark that walks on fins is discovered
    By MICHAEL CASEY, AP Environmental Writer 1 hour, 4 minutes ago

    BANGKOK, Thailand - Scientists combing through undersea fauna off Indonesia's Papua province said Monday they had discovered dozens of new species, including a shark that walks on its fins and a shrimp that looks like a praying mantis.

    The team from U.S.-based Conservation International also warned that the area — known as Bird's Head Seascape — is under danger from fishermen who use dynamite and cyanide to net their catches and called on Indonesia's government to do more to protect it.
    "It's one of the most stunningly beautiful landscapes and seascapes on the planet," said Mark Erdmann, a senior adviser of Conservation International who led two surveys to the area earlier this year.
    "Above and below water, it's simply mind blowing," he said.
    Erdmann and his team claim to have discovered 52 new species, including 24 new species of fish, 20 new species of coral and eight new species of shrimp. Among the highlights were an epaulette shark that walks on its fins, a praying mantis-like shrimp and scores of reef-building corals, he said.
    Conservation International said papers on two of the new fish species, called flasher wrasse because of the bright colors the male exhibits during mating, have been accepted for publication to the Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology.
  2. That's so interesting!! I wonder how big is the shark. Thanks for posting, Prada's Meadow!!:flowers:
  3. so my dream about a shark getting out of water to eat me was not a joke then... i mean, theoretically, it is possible.... oh gosh, i really cannot be near any body of water then..
  4. I was never super afraid of sharks until I read this... :push: Now I'm kinda scared...
  5. I guess I won't be snorkeling the next time I visit Thailand ...
  6. i wonder if the cyanide had something to do with the mutation of the existing fish/water life.
  7. ^ Why is there Cyanide?
    Interesting article. I sometimes wonder what's deep down, thousands of feet in the ocean that we haven't discovered.
  8. Cyanide is a chemical that a lot of fisherman use to catch fish. It's puts the fish in a coma where they're still alive, but look dead. The fish will come out of it, but eventualy die from intestinal failure. What a lot of people don't know, is a lot of pet stores who sell tropical fish buy from these fisherman. My husbands pet store refuses to buy from companies like that because it's cruel. If you do buy tropical fish, ask what company they purchase the fish from, then do research to see if they use cyanide. (it's mostly large chain pet stores like PetsMart, Feeders Supply, etc.)

    Sorry, we love fish and hate to see stuff like that done to them. We donate money every year to help preserve our reefs.

  9. ^ Because the delightful fishermen in the area only care about short-term profit and can't be bothered to fish in an eco-friendlier way. :cursing:

    Nevermind, when we've f :censor: d up this world, we can always go and live on that other world we've got lined up... :yes:

    ...what do you mean, there isn't another world...?! :wtf:
  10. That's really horrible! I had no idea. It really never ends, the disgusting things people do to animals. I'm sure having cyanide floating around in the water can't be much good for humans either, or of course the water quality. People just don't think, do they!

  11. Argh, that is just awful :push: Wish I had known before, that certainly explained the behavior of some of my fishies who had since passed on.:crybaby:
  12. You know what really annoys me? Some ppl REALLY are counting on the fact that they can migrate to another planet when the crap hits the fan. They keep thinking that by the time this world has gone to Hell, scientists would've already found another one where they can teleport us through a wormhole and settle right in :shocked: . The lack of respect for nature by some of these people just never ceases to amaze me.
  13. that's such a cute little shark :heart:
  14. I read this article on aol.. I couldnt believe my eyes when I saw the video of this shark walking and well reading about fish changing colors and a whole life down there that has not been discovered.. I wonder what else is out there that still has not been found?
  15. We've only explored 15% of all the oceans. There is probably a lot we haven't discovered. Put it this way, we've explored in space more than the ocean