Spotted wobbegong - Orectolobus maculatus
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
A squat-bodied shark with a large flattened head and fleshy beard.
A well-camouflaged shark. It is pale with a meshwork of darker narrow lines and spots.
About 4 ft [1.2 m].
Enlarged very sharp fang-like teeth.
Tropical inshore reefs and tidepools.
Western Pacific, including New Guinea and northern Australia.
Prey – Bottom fish and invertebrates
Reproduction – Ovoviviparous.
The shark is nocturnal; it rests on the bottom by day and prowls the reef at night, clambering about using its paired fins.
Usually unaggressive unless provoked.
Danger to humans – divers have approached and photographed the shark by day without inciting aggression, but it has bitten waders and fishermen in tidepools. Treat with caution because of its formidable dentition.