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Wobbegongs, also known as carpet sharks,
Ornate Wobbegong

Ornate Wobbegong

contain 11 species.They are found in shallow temperate and tropical waters of the western Pacific Ocean and eastern Indian Ocean, primarily around Australia and Indonesia- although one species 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. They spend much of their time resting on the sea floor. Wobbegongs are well camouflaged with a symmetrical pattern of bold markings which resembles a carpet, hence, carpet sharks. The camouflage is improved by the presence of small weed-like whisker lobes surrounding the wobbegong's jaw, which it uses to entice and catch fish. Wobbegongs are generally not dangerous to humans 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
Tasselled Wobbegong

Tasseled Wobbegong

that is holding onto their tail.They have many small but sharp teeth and their bite can be severe, even through a wet suit. After biting, they have been known to hang on and can be difficult to remove. Although wobbegongs do not eat humans, humans frequently eat wobbegongs. The flesh of wobbegongs or other sharks is called "flake" and is often used in fish and chips dishes in Australia. Wobbegong skin is also used to make leather.


The tasseled and ornate wobbegongs are available at Zoo Tycoon Volcano.

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