The Wobbegong Shark (Orectolobus maculatus), aka
Spotted Wobbegong are yellow-green or brown in color with
saddle- and O-shaped markings. The body and head of the Wobbegong
are flat in shape, and the mouth has a protruding jaw that
aids in the capture of prey. The Wobbegong has nasal barbels
and hanging tassels on and around the head and body. There
are 2 dorsal fins, the first originating over the pelvis,
the second just before the anal fin. The caudal fin is short
and the pectoral and pelvic fins are broad.
They reach a maximum length of 10.5 feet (3.2 m) with the
average size of an adult male at between 5-6 feet (1.5-1.8
Feeding occurs mainly at night and includes large prey such
as fishes, crayfish, crabs and octopuses.
It is found in relatively shallow waters in the eastern Indian
Ocean, western Queensland, southern Australia, and possibly
(though not probable) Japan and the South China Sea. They
are found on the continental shelf, from the intertidal zone
to 360 feet (110 m). They are commonly found on coral and
rocky reefs, under piers, and on sandy bottoms. They have
also been known to swim in water so shallow that it barely
covers their body.