Researchers ‘Completely Blown Away’ by What Happened When They Put This Fish on Aquarium Wall

If you take most fish out of water, they just flop around with nowhere to go.

But scientists have discovered one type of fish that can move on solid surfaces. The Cryptotora thamicola, or waterfall-climbing cave fish, which was discovered in a cave in Thailand last year, is the first known example.

Apinun Suvarnaraksha, a biologist at Maejo University in Thailand, went to that cave recently, scooped the fish into an aquarium and took video of them walking at different angles. Suvarnaraksha then emailed the images from the video to New Jersey Institute of Technology biomechanics expert Brooke Flammang to be analyzed.

“I was completely blown away,” Flammang said, the New York Times reported.

The pink, eyeless amphibian uses its fins to walk, putting one in front of the other to move around. But as Wired pointed out, the waterfall-climbing cave fish doesn’t move around like other walking fish, which use their fins as crutches to propel them forward.

These fish actually walk. As in, they use their fins like legs to get around.

Take a look:

(H/T: New York Times)

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