Filmed between Byron Bay, South West Rocks to Jervis bay in NSW, Australia 1985-1989. Wobbegong (Wobbygong) is the common name given to the eight species of carpet sharks in the family Orectolobidae. They are found in shallow temperate and tropical waters of the western Pacific Ocean and eastern Indian Ocean, chiefly around Australia and Indonesia, although one species (the Japanese wobbegong, Orectolobus japonicus) occurs as far north as Japan. The word wobbegong is believed to come from an Australian Aboriginal language, meaning "shaggy beard", referring to the growths around the mouth of the shark of the western Pacific. Wobbegongs are bottom-dwelling sharks and spend much of their time resting on the sea floor. The largest species, the spotted wobbegong, Orectolobus maculatus, grows up to 3.2 metres (10 ft) long. Because of this striking pattern, wobbegongs and their close relatives are often referred to as carpet sharks. They may also bite scuba divers or snorkellers and are very flexible and can easily bite a hand that is holding on to their tail. They have many small but sharp teeth and their bite can be severe, even through a wetsuit; having once bitten, they have been known to hang on and can be very difficult to remove.

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