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New ‘Walking’ Shark Species Discovered in Indonesia!

A new species of epaulette (carpet) shark was recently discovered off the coast of an island in Indonesia!

New species of epaulette shark. Photo via Conservation International.

New species of epaulette shark. Photo via Conservation International.

The walking shark, Hemiscyllium halamhera, was first seen walking along the sea floor by divers in 2008. Only recently has it been officially recognized as a new species.

This is the third walking shark species found in Indonesia in the past six years! Walking sharks use their fins to navigate along the sea floor in search of small fish and crustaceans. Watch a walking shark do its thing: 

Although new species are discovered almost daily, this finding has given the conservation community new hope for the future of Indonesia’s elasmobranchs (sharks and rays). The local government and emerging dive tourism industry are excited by this discovery and have taken precautions to protect these sharks!

There are nine known species of walking shark in the world, all of which inhabit the shallow waters of very restricted ranges.

Got a question about this new discovery for our experts? Ask them in the comments section! 

From the Curator: A baby in the Rain Forest!

From Ken Howell: Curator of Rain Forest exhibits

We are very excited to announce a new addition to our Upland Tropical  Rain Forest exhibit!

Earlier in September, during the daily check-up of our two-toed sloths, we found that Rose had given birth to an infant.  The infant, approximately 8 inches long at birth, was born fully haired and already has its trademark claws.  The baby sloth is actively clinging and crawling about on its mom, and looks strong and healthy. 

This birth of a baby sloth, the first for the Aquarium, was certainly a ‘hoped for’ event but wasn’t planned.  Despite the fact that the two-toed sloth is fairly common, many of its most basic life history facts are still a mystery.  The discrepancy is due to the fact that actual mating is rarely observed.

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