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Worldwide, there are 12 species of Wobbegongs. Ten species are known from Australian waters. 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.
Spotted on Jul 12, 2014
Submitted on Jul 16, 2014