Exploring ‘walking’ sharks on the move in early life stages

A newly-discovered walking shark that breaks all of the rules for survival is the focus of a new study that examined differences in walking and swimming in neonate (newly-hatched) and juvenile walking sharks. Despite dissimilarities in body shapes — neonates have bulging bellies and juveniles are slender — the three aquatic gaits they use (slow-to-medium walking, fast-walking and swimming) did not differ. Kinematics between neonate and juvenile epaulette sharks did not alter during early development.

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