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Wobbegong shark

Posted on: April 16, 2010

Above the Spotted wobbegong shark

1. Wobbegongs are bottom-dwelling sharks and spend much of their time resting on the sea floor. Most species have a maximum length of 1.25 meters (4.1 ft) or less, but the largest, the spotted wobbegong, grows up to 3.2 metres (10 ft).

2. Wobbegongs are well camouflaged with a pattern of bold markings which resembles a carpet. Because of this striking pattern, wobbegongs and their close relatives are often referred to as carpet sharks. The camouflage is improved by the presence of small weed like whiskers lobes surrounding the wobbegong’s jaw, which it uses to entice and catch fish. Wobbegongs make use of their relative invisibility to hide among rocks and catch smaller fish which swim too close.

3. Wobbegongs are generally not dangerous unless they are provoked. They have bitten people who accidentally step on them in shallow water; they may also bite scuba divers or snorkellers who poke or touch them, or who block their escape route. Wobbegongs are very flexible and can easily bite a hand that is holding on to their tail.
They have many small but sharp teeth and their bite can be severe, even through a wetsuit; having once bitten, they have been known to hang on and can be very difficult to remove. To avoid being bitten, divers should avoid contact.

All of this info is from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wobbegong

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