Skooter reports 08/31/13
A new species of shark has been discovered in eastern Indonesia, an environmental group said Friday. The new species "walks" along the seabed using its fins as tiny legs.
Conservation International, whose scientists were involved in its discovery said, the brown and white bamboo shark shoves itself along the ocean floor as it searches for small fish and crustaceans at night.
The shark, was discovered off Halmahera, one of the Maluku Islands that lie west of New Guinea. It grows to a maximum length of just 80 centimeters (30 inches) and is harmless to humans.
Bamboo sharks, otherwise known as longtail carpet sharks, are fairly small compared to their larger cousins, with the largest adult reaching only about 120 centimeters (47 inches) in length.
They are known as longtail carpet sharks because they have uncommonly long tails that are bigger than the rest of their bodies. Bamboo sharks are only found in tropical waters around Indonesia, Australia and Papua New Guinea.
The discovery of the shark, which was first revealed in the International Journal of Ichthyology, should help draw diver interest to this mega-diverse but largely undiscovered region, Conservation International said.
The Hemiscyllium halmahera shark could serve as an excellent ambassador to call public attention to the fact that most sharks are harmless to humans and are worthy of our conservation attention, Ketut Sarjana Putra, Indonesia country director for the group, said
Scientists from Conservation International discovered the shark along with fellow scientists from the Western Australian Museum said, it came at a time when Indonesia was increasing its efforts to protect shark and ray species.