Wobbegong is the common name given to the 12 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.
In what is a soon-to-be classic picture taken by National Geographic, a shark is eating another poor shark whole. Daniela Ceccarelli, of Australia’s Research Council Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies took the picture, while conducting a “fish census” off Great Keppel Island, part of the country’s Great Barrier Reef. She thought she saw [...]