Video reveals baby steps of newly hatched ‘walking’ sharks

Some sharks can “walk,” and researchers recently discovered how one of these unusual shark species practice taking baby steps. They begin when they’re newly hatched, and a hatchling’s walk is no different from that of older juveniles.

When the tide near a coral reef goes out, a small species of carpet shark is often left behind. When stranded in shallow tide pools with dwindling oxygen levels and rising temperatures – or worse, beached on hot slabs of exposed reef – most aquatic species wouldn’t stand a chance. But the epaulette shark (Hemiscyllium ocellatum) can hold its breath for hours and tolerate a range of temperatures. And in a pinch, it can walk.