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Scalloped hammerhead

Scalloped hammerhead

Blacktip reef shark

Blacktip reef shark

Whitespotted wedgefish

Whitespotted wedgefish

Ocellated eagle ray

Ocellated eagle ray

Flapnose ray

Flapnose ray

Whitetail stingray

Whitetail stingray

Round ribbontail ray

Round ribbontail ray

Leopard whipray

Leopard whipray

Whitespotted surgeonfish

Whitespotted surgeonfish

Giant grouper

Giant grouper

Atlantic Goliath Grouper

Atlantic Goliath Grouper

Bowmouth guitarfish

Bowmouth guitarfish

Giant moray

Giant moray

Emperor red snapper

Emperor red snapper

Zebra shark

Zebra shark

Spotted wobbegong

Spotted wobbegong

Brownbanded bambooshark

Brownbanded bambooshark

Epaulette shark

Epaulette shark

Longspined porcupinefish

Longspined porcupinefish

Golden trevally

Golden trevally

Blackside hawkfish

Blackside hawkfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Eyestripe surgeonfish

Eyestripe surgeonfish

Green moray

Green moray

Common blue-strips snapper

Common blue-strips snapper

Redbelly yellowtail fusilier

Redbelly yellowtail fusilier

Raccoon butterflyfish

Raccoon butterflyfish

Emperor red snapper

Emperor red snapper

Orbicular batfish

Orbicular batfish

Bignose unicornfish

Bignose unicornfish

Humphead wrasse

Humphead wrasse

Yellowbar angelfish

Yellowbar angelfish

King angelfish

King angelfish

Bluespine unicornfish

Bluespine unicornfish

Snubnose pompano

Snubnose pompano

Bluestreak cleaner wrasse

Bluestreak cleaner wrasse

Dark-banded fusilier

Dark-banded fusilier

Potato grouper

Potato grouper

Great barracuda

Great barracuda

Indo-pacific tarpon

Indo-pacific tarpon

Spotted wobbegong

Spotted wobbegong

Facts

LatinOrectolobus maculatus
Size320 cm
FoodFish, crabs, lobsters and octopuses
HabitatSand bottom on coral and boulder reefs
IUCN

Near threatened

Near threatened. The biggest threat is overfishing

LocationEastern part of the Indian ocean
Map

Hide-and-seek

Even though the spotted wobbegong can grow to 3 meters in length, it is virtually undetectable when it lies on the seabed between rocks and corals. Its colouration and shape allow it to completely blend in with its environment.

A bearded shark

The spotted wobbegong's beard serves two functions: It obscures the outline of the body, making it difficult to see where the fish ends and the seabed begins, and it acts as a tactile organ.

Bulldog of the sea

The wobbegong is known as the bulldog of the sea, because having once bitten, the wobbegong will hang on and let go only if its head is cut off. It has a great many small, sharp teeth.


A shipwreck

Cuttlefish

Seadragons

The small mouths

The pier

Coral reef

Fish nursery

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