Which somehow leads us into talking about this week’s shark… well, sharks. Guys, meet the carpet sharks in the Orectolobiformes order. They’re named so because they, ta-dah, resemble carpets. Sound familiar? This is the same explanation about wobbegong sharks! They’re the same thing.
This is a small order with forty three species—some that may be familiar to you! We’ve got the blind shark, the nurse shark, the bamboo shark, wobbegong sharks, whale sharks and zebra sharks to name just a few!
Their coloration is unique, with dark saddles that are framed by lighter patches and brown/black spots. They have nasal barbels that are thing and unbranched, although they do have tubercles along their head and mouth. Their upper jaw has two rows and teeth, and the bottom jaw has three rows… all razor sharp.
The better to bite you with, my dear.
They tend to remain motionless during the day, usually hidden until they can ambush attack. I mean, that’s the life. Let the food come to you. Makes me miss the days of mum and dad cooking and yelling, “Dinner’s ready!” Same thing, right?
So how do you tell all the wobbegongs apart? Kind of hard to, unless you’re looking really hard at barbell markings. The tubercles on the Cobbler wobbegong's back can tell it apart from others… but, I mean, who really looks at that?
They are presumed to be ovoviviparous. They are listed as Least Concern (LC) by the IUCN, as they seem to not have any significant threats.
- Genus: A group of organisms ranking above a species and below a family.
- Ovoviviparous: Also known as aplacental viviparous; bearing live young which eat any unfertilized eggs and each other while in the womb.
- IUCN: International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Woah, what a bite!