Carpet shark

Carpet shark

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Caption: Carpet shark. Gaping mouth of a carpet shark, or spotted wobbegong (Orectolobus maculatus). This is a bottom-dwelling shark that inhabits reefs and shallows in the tropical Indo-Pacific region, especially around Australia. It lies camouflaged on sandy or gravelly seabeds by day, but is an active hunter at night, taking fish and invertebrates. It may reach a length of over three metres, and has been known to bite if provoked.

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Keywords: animal, australia, australian, camouflage, carpet, cartilaginous fish, gaping, indo-pacific, marine, mouth, nature, ocean, orectolobus maculatus, sea, shark, spotted, tropical, underwater, wildlife, wobbegong, zoology

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