Did you know that there is a shark that look like a fringed carpet? Or what would you compare the picture below of a Tasselled Wobbegong Shark to?

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Tasselled Wobbegong Shark “Tasseled wobbegong shark” by jon hanson – originally posted to Flickr as tasseled wobbegong shark. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons.

The tasselled wobbegong shark inhabits shallow coral reefs in Australia, New Guinea and Indonesia. It has a broad and flattened body and head with a big mouth and camouflages itself by day with its fringes and color pattern. Occasionally it ambushes nearby fishes, sometimes waving its tail to mimic the appearance of a small fish to lure its prey in. At night it goes hunting.

Divers in coral reefs often come near the camouflaged wobbegongs unawares. Sometimes they get bitten – this may result from accidentally disturbing the shark or being mistaken for prey.

Tasselled wobbegong sharks are known to adapting well to captivity and sometimes live in aquariums.

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