Are wobbegongs a shark?

They might look like lumpy carpets, and be named after an unfamiliar Australian Aboriginal word (apparently meaning “shaggy beard” ), but make no mistake – wobbegongs are definitely sharks.

Can a wobbegong bite you?

Interaction with humans

Wobbegongs are very flexible and can easily bite a hand holding onto 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.

Do wobbegong sharks eat humans?

This shark is often reluctant to let go once it bites, causing severe lacerations. According to The International Shark Attack File, there have been 4 confirmed unprovoked attacks on humans by spotted wobbegongs in addition to the 28 bites from wobbegongs whose species was not determined.

What is special about the wobbegong?

Known for its flat body, beautiful freckled coloration and fleshy projections on its head, the ornate wobbegong is one of the world’s most unique sharks. The head projections are believed to function primarily as camouflage, which helps them ambush prey as well as protect them from predators.

How long do wobbegongs live for?

There are records of some other species of wobbegong fishes living up to 26 years.

Where can I see wobbegong?

They are most frequently spotted around Australia and Indonesia. Specifically, the tasselled wobbegong can be sighted in the western Pacific Ocean off eastern Indonesia (Waigeo, Aru), Papua New Guinea, and northern Australia including Barrow Island off Western Australia, the Northern Territory and northern Queensland.

Are wobbegongs aggressive?

Australian divers commonly see Wobbegongs lying on the seabed in caves and under ledges. They are usually not aggressive. Wobbegongs however do have sharp teeth and should not be touched or provoked.

How big do wobbegongs get?

about 10.5 feet

Physical Characteristics. Spotted wobbegong can reach a maximum length of about 10.5 feet (3.2 m).

Are wobbegongs protected?

Wobbegong sharks are not protected at the moment in NSW. The population is deemed to be in good health. Some of the 12 species or sub-classification of wobbegong include: Spotted wobbegong.

How many teeth does a wobbegong have?

Average Size and Length: Males have been measured at 88.5 cm/ 2.9 feet and females at 94.3 cm/ 3.1 feet. Teeth and Jaw: There are 21-22 teeth in the upper jaw, medial row symphysis of the upper jaw is absent. Like all wobbegongs, it has a short mouth and broad pharynx, which allow it to suck up prey more easily.

How heavy is a wobbegong shark?


Distribution – Wobbegong sharks occur along the east coast from southern Queensland through to Western Australia, including Tasmania. They inhabit shallow, inshore waters (less than 100 metres deep) where rock and weed are prominent. Size – Reaches a length of 3 metres and a weight of over 70kg.

Do wobbegongs migrate?

Wobbegong sharks do not migrate. They are a lazy creature, usually living in tropical waters no deeper than 218 metres. Adults most commonly are found on algae-covered rocky reefs (Manta Bay) and meadows of sea grass or sand, while juveniles are mostly found in estuaries.

Do wobbegong sharks lay eggs?

Types of Sharks That Lay Eggs

Shark species that lay eggs include: Bamboo sharks. Wobbegong sharks.

What color is a wobbegong?

These amazing sharks are mottled yellow-green or brown in color with saddle- and O-shaped markings. Their body and heads are flattened in shape, and their jaws protrude forward when capturing prey.

What does the wobbegongs eat?

Using its powerful jaws and needle-like teeth, the tasselled wobbegong eats all sorts of reef fishes and occasionally other sharks. Recently, the tasselled wobbegong gained some international fame, when a scientist photographed an individual eating a Brown-banded Bamboo Shark that was a full 80% of its size.

How do you clean a wobbegong?

Quote from video: You do it the best way you can that's all I can suggest. But to get this beautiful white flesh.

What is a banjo shark?

guitarfish, also called Fiddler Ray, or Banjo Shark, an order (Rhinobatiformes) of fish closely related to the rays. The order contains some 47 to 50 species arranged in three families (Platyrhinidae, Rhinobatidae, and Rhynchobatidae). shovelnose guitarfish.

Is a fiddler Ray a shark?

Fiddler rays feed on bottoms shellfish, crabs, and worms, which they crush between their jaws. The eastern fiddler ray is known to scavenge from fish traps. Like other guitarfishes, fiddler rays are ovoviviparous.

Fiddler ray.

Fiddler rays
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Rhinopristiformes
Family: Rhinobatidae

What kind of shark looks like a stingray?

Bowmouth guitarfish has a distinctive shape that resembles a cross between a shark and a ray. However it is actually a member of the ray family. The front of its body is flattened and wide, while the rest of its body and the large dorsal fins create a shark-like appearance.