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Wobbegong Shark: 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. Wobbegongs are bottom-dwelling sharks and spend much of their time resting on the sea floor. Most species have a maximum length of 4 ft or less, but the largest can reach about 9 ft in length. They are very flexible and can easily bite a hand that is holding on to their tail. Their bite can be severe, even through a wetsuit.
image credit: Jeffrey de Guzman Gentle Shark Tasselled Wobbegong Shark (Eucrossorhinus dasypogon), Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. If you are going to Raja Ampat, Indonesia, there is a 90% chance you’ll encounter one of these gentle sharks. I positioned my strobes at 12 and 6 o’clock to get an even lighting from head to tail.