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Wobbegong Sharks | SHARK ACADEMY

September 7, 2019

It’s depressed and has a shaggy beard. No
I’m not talking about our Editor Tim. What am I talking about? Find out this week on
Shark Academy! The Wobbegong Shark is a dorso-ventrally flattened
fish, sometimes called a depressed fish, meaning: it’s flat. The name Wobbegong comes from an aboriginal
name meaning shaggy beard. There are twelve species of Wobbegongs and they all have these
little fleshy tabs on their chins for camouflage. They lie on the bottom and they wait for prey
to come by. They’re called ambush predators. Wobbegongs are not much of a threat to divers.
They’re extremely confident in their camouflage. Every time I swim up to one, it just sits
there and doesn’t move, convinced that I can’t see it. Unfortunately, they’re frequently served as
fish and chips in Australia. Not cool! Fish are friends not food. Unlike most sharks, which breathe through
their mouth, the Wobbegong breathes through a pair of spiracles, that are kind of like
nostrils that don’t smell. They’re on the top of the head. That’s because the mouth
is down so low to the sand, if they were breathing through their mouth, they would be inhaling
a lot of sand, and that wouldn’t be particularly nice. Blech. So they have these specially
evolved spiracles on the top of their head. Almost like a snorkel. Well, if you think Wobbegongs are cool, check
out our Blue World episode on bottom-dwelling sharks. And until next time, I’m Jonathan
Bird and this is shark Academy.


  • Reply csoile April 18, 2014 at 11:07 am

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  • Reply Detective Homura Chan April 18, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I am the 53 view and the 3rd comment and 7th like!

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  • Reply Jon Dynasty April 18, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Fish are food, not friends!

  • Reply thehamy51 April 18, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    lol i live in australia but ive never seen a wobbegong

  • Reply Julie Bailey April 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Jonathan you should do a dive with jellyfish

  • Reply thehamy51 April 19, 2014 at 12:11 am

    jonathan haveย  you ever been diving with blue whale if u havent you should

  • Reply Kelvin Ko April 19, 2014 at 10:19 am

    You should rename yourself as Jonathan Fish or something! Would be much more suitable =D

  • Reply Detective Homura Chan April 20, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Can you do one on goblin sharks?

  • Reply Johnny M April 24, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Please upload more videos!!!!!!!!plz

  • Reply Mr. Spiff April 26, 2014 at 2:11 am

    Yes one of my favorite lesser known sharks!

  • Reply DisneyFreak29 May 8, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I absolutely love this series! I really hope you'll be able to do some lesser known sharks like Goblins sharks and Cookie Cutter sharks.ย 

  • Reply Declan Phan July 16, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    "Fish are friends not food" lol from nemo

  • Reply Declan Phan July 16, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Hey johnathan can you do a video on basking sharks please?!!!

  • Reply Bradley Kim August 6, 2014 at 2:45 am

    i like the angel shark better

  • Reply LocustGirl December 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I loved your video. Your presentation was very animated and lively. Thanks for your speil on wobbegongs!

  • Reply Hezmarie June 20, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Wobbegong Sharks Are Cool, but I like angel sharks better

  • Reply Lorena Lara November 10, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    this is one of the unusual sharks I've seen! where would I find these?

  • Reply hmm January 14, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Man I like fish n chips and I live in Australia D:

  • Reply Chelsea! March 17, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    BlueWorldTV you said that this sharks gills are on the top because they could inhale sand. But stingrays gills are at the bottom and they're also in sand.

  • Reply Bass Phat July 7, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    I saw, and filmed, a beautiful big Wobbegong today. I can't believe people eat them! They should definitely be protected.

  • Reply Storm CCC November 13, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Do you like fish as food

  • Reply Peter Rose December 15, 2016 at 12:33 am

    They were protected years ago from taking by amatuer fishermen and very limited take by professionals they are still quite common, ad They were very nice eating for fish and chips much better than the imported fish all the shops sell now. They did need some protection from over exploitation but there is nothing wrong in my opinion with a sustainable harvest f them as long as the numbers overall are steady or increasing. fish are food not just friends foor me and the vast majority of people if some people want to be vegetarians and not eat fish or meat wel thats great for them but don't try and force that ideology onto all of us.

  • Reply Birdy eats a pea January 15, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Fish are friends and food. Unless you eat shark fins, and waste the rest… And also if you eat fish for your wants, not your needs.

  • Reply Tpk 789 January 22, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Can you make a video of a Mako shark?

  • Reply Richard Fernando February 21, 2017 at 6:01 am

    I love cod and chips not shark and chips

  • Reply Epiccynder April 2, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I have found my spirit animal. I am pretty lazy XD

  • Reply andresgon011 May 1, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Wobbegong sharks are sneaky sharks!

  • Reply Mr. Spiff May 2, 2017 at 5:54 am

    I gotta wonder about Angel sharks. They're critically endangered and I hear nothing about them anymore not even conservation efforts. They're pretty much extinct in the mediterranean and i'm really worried. Have you thought of doing a special or a shark academy on angel sharks? Are there even any reliable places to find them anymore?

  • Reply Kelly Simmons May 6, 2017 at 5:53 am

    My favourite shark is I have no idea what one there all cool

  • Reply VINCENT MARUCUT June 1, 2017 at 1:11 am

    how about dunkleosteus I mean fish are not food so do a video of dunkleosteus

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  • Reply TengoMeow August 25, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Wobbegongs are cool, I like how the fish don't see the shark's attack is coming. Jonathan, I love sharks this much, infinity/10

  • Reply TengoMeow August 28, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Sharks are friends, not food!

  • Reply AOE Lockdown 2014 October 22, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Sharks are friends, not food.

  • Reply theurbanshark March 15, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Wobbegongs are fun to dive with I've nearly been swam into by them almost 5 times at the same dive site

  • Reply GMD Scary March 23, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Do the Pygmy shark

  • Reply Ella Saves Seas April 30, 2018 at 2:05 am

    1:12 it looks like the shark is fluffy for some reason…….. or maybe im just weird LOLOLOL

  • Reply j man May 2, 2018 at 9:29 am

    I am a diver I live in Australia and they have been protected for many years now.

  • Reply kivimees oliver June 8, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    i just found this channel today and have already watched 13vids, I think this cannel deserves a minimum of 3 mil subs

  • Reply Burn Baesa October 18, 2018 at 3:01 am

    Wobbegong Shark: I Need to be Quiet

  • Reply Elaine B February 16, 2019 at 4:03 am

    Apparently spiny dogfish are served as rock salmon in the UK too… Errr… nope!!! Fish are for feeding sharkies & fattening seals, not for me to eat (vegetarian).

  • Reply Reverse Universe April 27, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Whatโ€™s with camouflage marine species in Australia like the amazing cuttlefish ๐Ÿฆ˜

  • Reply Oscar Preuss June 23, 2019 at 5:52 am

    How did he pronounce Wobbegong?

  • Reply Feather The Aveon July 29, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Someone: Oh look, there's a wobbegong shark here
    le shark: No there isn't
    Someone: Uh, yeah, i see you
    Le shark: no, you don't
    le shark: nope you can't see me no wobbegong shark here

  • Reply Daniel Creed August 15, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    If it was a Pokemon, I say it would be a Ground and Water type.

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