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Wobbegong camouflaged as a nurse shark.

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Oh yes the stereotypical picture of the big bad toothy nursy shark to make a point!

I am always cynical of these stories, especially related to carpet sharks and relatively docile species.  I wonder whether the facts are accurate or whether the "victims" account is slightly different from the facts.

Unprovoked attacks, do in the main seem extremely rare.

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THat pic is too small to see what it really is (looks a bit like a Sand Tiger going by the GIS) but it certainly isn't a Wobbegong


or a Nurse shark
 

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Quote[/b] (Steve W @ Feb. 11 2004,11:32)]THat pic is too small to see what it really is (looks a bit like a Sand Tiger going by the GIS)
I would concure.

The sand tigers are also known as Grey Nurse Sharks in some areas such as South Africa or Raggies.

Not too be confused with the very sweet bottom dwelling nurse sharks, which are one of my favourites having had one swim around me and between me and a dive guide on one of my first dives in Mexico.   Followed us all the way to our safety stop and only departed when we had to surface  


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<font color='#0000FF'>From the BBC website

Luke Tresoglavic, 22, was snorkelling near Newcastle, north of Sydney, when he was bitten by a two-feet-long Wobbegong shark.

So not much bigger than a dogfish, then  


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<font color='#000080'>did quite a bit of diving in that area, and we were warned wobbiegongs can be quite vicious with a strong bite.... only if you disturb them though. i can well believe that if a snorkeller accidentally kicked one it would latch on and not let go!

yes the picture was a grey nurse shark (aka sand tiger or snaggletooth shark), also common in that area.
 

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What a feckin Jessie !
 Obviously the Australian Newcastle doesn't revel in the same "we're hard and mental" image as our Newcastle

Oi! are yeez lot reading my post or chewin a brick...  Toon army! etc
 
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