Northern wobbegong shark, Orectolobus wardi

Northern wobbegong shark, Orectolobus wardi

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Credit: RUDIGER LEHNEN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Northern wobbegong shark. View of a northern wobbegong shark, Orectolobus wardi, amongst corals on the sea bed. The shark's colouration gives it good camouflage against the sea bed. The skin flaps at lower left & right also function as camouflage. Wobbegong sharks have wide, flattened heads and have skin-like barbels (located in front of each nasal opening) to feel and taste food. Wobbegongs belong to the family of sharks known as carpet sharks (Orectolobidae). They inhabit warm shallow water in tropical and subtropical areas where they feed on crustaceans and small fish. Also seen in the image are shrimps (upper right) Photographed on the Ningaloo Reef, Australia.

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