One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A conspicuously marked small shallow-water shark with barbels around the nose or mouth, found in the Indo-Pacific region and the Red Sea.
Family Orectolobidae: Orectolobus and other genera, and several species, including the wobbegong
- ‘The man, 22, was snorkelling on a reef off Caves Beach near Newcastle when the carpet shark attacked his leg.’
- ‘I did see a wobbegong or carpet shark but I was out of film as usual.’
- ‘I know it's not the stuff of heroes, being bitten by a ‘carpet shark‘.’
- ‘Huge abalone, crayfish, dogfish, beautiful seahorses, blue cod, southern pigfish and carpet sharks are just some of the inhabitants to look out for.’
- ‘He even went in and marked the position of frogfish (they call them anglerfish) and carpet sharks by tying off glowsticks to the nearby coral!’
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