Most of us think of sharks as fast, sleek, and ravenous predators. But some are odd-looking, interesting, and not terribly dangerous. The Wobbegong found generally in waters near Australia is definitely a shark. It has the jaws, a long and vigorous body, and fins in the characteristic places. A Wobbegong has a flattened, spotted form for laying hidden in crevices or on the reef bottom to surprise unwary creatures swimming by, for which it has a healthy appetite.

The name is thought to come from an Aboriginal term referring to its shaggy, bearded appearance. This is caused by the sensory barbs surrounding its jaw area. The eyes are placed toward the top of the head, giving it a rather amphibian look. It does not attack humans unless provoked. In Australia, it is often served in "Fish and Chips".

Source: "Wobbegong." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 26 Aug. 2016. Web. 05 Sept. 2016.
Photo: Ling, Richard. "File:Spotted Wobbegong.jpg." Wikimedia Commons. N.p., 3 Apr. 2015. Web. 5 Sept. 2016.

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