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Orectolobus japonicus

Regan, 1906

Stephen Williams Wobbegong Palm Beach Sydney

Stephen Williams Wobbegong is the common name given to the 12 species of carpet sharks in the family Orectolobidae. They are found in shallow temperate and tropical waters of the western Pacific Ocean and eastern Indian Ocean, chiefly around Australia and Indonesia, although one species (the Japanese wobbegong, Orectolobus japonicus) occurs as far north as Japan. The word wobbegong is believed to come from an Australian Aboriginal language, meaning "shaggy beard", referring to the growths around the mouth of the shark of the western Pacific

Sylvie Lalane super photo et merci pour l explication

Tom Hobock Really cool shark can't wait to have my first encounter!

Mark Springs Great shot

Sheree Roberts I especially like the name!

Mark Springs I don't trust them Hurd in the past of a few people being grabbed and they don't let go

Tom Hobock With that said,I know of two occasions where divers have been hit by nurse sharks,one on a dive I happened to be on.Both had been messing around with them.So I believe there had to be a reason for the attack was the fault of poor manners!Just a though

Mark Springs When I was on the barrier reef one year on one of my sailing trips with friends I was taking photos I turned saw something out the corner of my eye and a nurse shark grabbed my flipper I must of accidentally hit it in the head didn't see it under a ledge I didn't no what to do. My mates were laughing I was snorkelling gives u a fright at the time

Epp Kikas Woww :-)

Message posted on The Global Diving Community on 18 Aug 2013
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Chordata (Phylum)
    Vertebrata (Subphylum)
      Gnathostomata (Superclass)
        Pisces (Superclass)
          Elasmobranchii (Class)
            Neoselachii (Subclass)
              Selachii (Infraclass)
                Galeomorphi (Superorder)
                  Orectolobiformes (Order)
                    Orectolobidae (Family)
                      Orectolobus (Genus)
                        Orectolobus japonicus (Species)
Associated Species