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Hemiscyllium halmahera
August 26, 2013 8:53 AM   Subscribe

The Indonesian Walking Shark -- a new species of shark that walks on its fins rather than swims.
posted by DoubleLune (32 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
It looks drunk.
posted by elizardbits at 8:55 AM on August 26, 2013


Not particularly terrifying, as sharks go.
posted by Cash4Lead at 8:55 AM on August 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


Certainly better than this one.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 8:59 AM on August 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


Look at this uppity shark and his fancy walking. So swimming is too good for you now, is it?
posted by Foci for Analysis at 9:00 AM on August 26, 2013 [6 favorites]


It's not the only "walking" shark in in the family Hemiscylliidae. There's the epaulette shark (Hemiscyllium ocellatum) and Hemiscyllium galei, if no others.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:03 AM on August 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


If you see me walking 'cross the reef... walk on by...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:05 AM on August 26, 2013


I'm afraid he's no Super Shark
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:07 AM on August 26, 2013


The first "walking" sharks were discovered in 2006.
posted by DoubleLune at 9:08 AM on August 26, 2013


It really needs a little top hat.
posted by planetesimal at 9:09 AM on August 26, 2013 [10 favorites]


I was a little disappointed that this was only subaqueous walking.

Also that the shark was not erect on its caudal fin.

Also that the shark wasn't wearing a three-piece suit and matching trilby, carrying a newspaper and whistling "The Thieving Magpie."
posted by Iridic at 9:09 AM on August 26, 2013 [24 favorites]


Also, I presume that the shark in the video was one of the two specimens collected? Sad to think that little guy will never stroll the reefs again since he's been dissected.
posted by planetesimal at 9:12 AM on August 26, 2013


And while on the topic of things walking that shouldn't be walking: New Zealand's lesser short-tailed bat.

With an article, too.
posted by KingoftheWhales at 9:18 AM on August 26, 2013


Look at this uppity shark and his fancy walking. So swimming is too good for you now, is it?

Plumber. Uh... Telegram?
posted by The Bellman at 9:18 AM on August 26, 2013


Not particularly terrifying, as sharks go.
posted by Cash4Lead


But at least not pathetic.
posted by Decani at 9:23 AM on August 26, 2013


I, for one, welcome our new walking shark overlords.
posted by diocletian at 9:28 AM on August 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Also that the shark wasn't wearing a three-piece suit and matching trilby, carrying a newspaper and whistling "The Thieving Magpie."

Not "Mack the Knife"?
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:33 AM on August 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


My son wants to know "Are Greenland sharks poisonous?"
posted by KokuRyu at 9:34 AM on August 26, 2013


And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

posted by sparklemotion at 9:36 AM on August 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


2 fins badbetter
4 fins good.
posted by DigDoug at 9:44 AM on August 26, 2013


Oh! That's what I do! I walk, too! That shark and I have a lot in common.
posted by Greg Nog at 9:46 AM on August 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Stupid shark is doin' it wrong.
posted by Mister_A at 9:49 AM on August 26, 2013


Reminds me of my cat.
posted by dry white toast at 9:56 AM on August 26, 2013


Also that the shark wasn't wearing a three-piece suit and matching trilby, carrying a newspaper and whistling "The Thieving Magpie."

Not "Mack the Knife"?


Well, sure; on occasion. (He prefers to whistle Kurt Weill's original hurdy-gurdy arrangement instead of Bobby Darin's orchestration, which he thinks too glossy by half.) I would have mentioned it before, but I wasn't about to give you the Walking Shark's complete whistling set list.
posted by Iridic at 9:59 AM on August 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Walking Shark's Complete Whistling Set List

"Overture" from The Thieving Magpie
"Mack the Knife"
"Meditation" from Thaïs
"Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)"
"Harlem Airshaft"
"The Skater's Waltz"
"Uptown Girl"
The bassline from "Rock Lobster"
posted by Iridic at 9:59 AM on August 26, 2013 [11 favorites]


::knock, knock, knock::

Candygram!
posted by CrowGoat at 10:00 AM on August 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


i was like do do do new shark, whatevs, then i realized that what I was hearing was the sounds of somebody breathing and then i was like, get the fuck out of there
posted by angrycat at 10:10 AM on August 26, 2013


"This sucks!" said Hemiscyllium halmahera, watching her cousin, the Blacktip reef shark, glide by. "I wish I wasn't afraid of the water."
posted by hydrophonic at 10:34 AM on August 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Someone should set up a treadmill nearby and see if they can get a funny video.
posted by orme at 10:37 AM on August 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


If 'Jaws' were made today (nytimes link).
posted by George_Spiggott at 11:02 AM on August 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Er, relevant quote from that:
Just then, the Golden Gate Bridge starts to sway behind them. “What is that?” a soldier screams. When Chloe turns to look, there are three monster sharks with enormous T. Rex legs, rising from the waves and marching across the bay. One is breathing fire. Another is shooting lasers from its eyes. Another is gulping down trolley cars like popcorn, and all three set about leveling San Francisco.
posted by George_Spiggott at 11:31 AM on August 26, 2013


Somewhere, a Sharknado producer is about to get an email with this link and pass out from sheer joy.

Also: Obligatory Relevant Onion Link.
posted by gern at 12:52 PM on August 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


From the audio I'd guess this was filmed by Darth Vader, and he's struggling to get at those last few drops of his smoothie.
posted by Ned G at 3:01 PM on August 26, 2013


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