Spotted Wobbegong Shark

There are 2 types of Wobbegong sharks around Sydney. The Spotted Wobbegong and the ornate wobbegong. The Spotted Wobbegong can be recognised by the skin flaps around the snout margin and the distinctive colour pattern of dark saddles and white rings on a yellow to a greenish-brown background.

It is about 20 cm in length when born and reaches a maximum size of about 3 m.

Feeding occurs mainly at night and includes prey items such as fishes, crayfish, crabs and octopuses.

Spotted Wobbegongs live in shallow coastal waters down to about 100 m depth. They often lie on sand or rocky reef bottoms and are frequently seen by divers.

This species occurs along the southern coastline of Australia from southern Queensland to south-western Western Australia. It is possibly endemic to Australia. Records from Japan and the South China Sea are probably errors.

The genus name Orectolobus comes from the Greek words orectos, meaning stretched out, and Lobos meaning a rounded projection or protuberance. The genus name most likely refers to the barbels on the head. The species name maculatus comes from the Latin word macula which means spot, and refers to the shark's spotted colouration. Wobbegong is an Australian aboriginal word.
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Sutherland Point - Shore Dive Friday 29 Nov 2019

  • Start Date: Fri 29 Nov 2019 at 10:00

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Sutherland Point - Shore Dive Sunday 01 Dec 2019

  • Start Date: Sun 01 Dec 2019 at 10:00

This is a double dive and leaves the shop at 10am with the location of the site in the Captain Cook National Park at Kurnell. Sutherland Point is a prime site for seeing Weedy Sea Dragons, and is an extremely interesting site which always shows up something new. Then head back to Abyss for free Pizza and beer. we have Damo from PADI talking to us about what exciting new things are happing in the dive training area.

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Sutherland Point - Shore Dive Sunday 22 Dec 2019

  • Start Date: Sun 22 Dec 2019 at 10:00

This will be a single dive, make sure you bring your santa hat to celebrate Christmas time. Enjoy a famous Abyss BBQ before we head to the pub post dive for a social afternoon.

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Sutherland Point - Shore Dive Thursday 02 Jan 2020

  • Start Date: Thu 02 Jan 2020 at 10:00

This is a double dive and leaves the shop at 10am with the location of the site is in the Captain Cook National Park at Kurnell. Sutherland Point is a prime site for seeing Weedy Sea Dragons, and is an extremely interesting site which always shows up something new. The second dive will be from the Monument

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Sutherland Point - Shore Dive Friday 17 Jan 2020

  • Start Date: Fri 17 Jan 2020 at 10:00

This is a double dive and leaves the shop at 10am with the location of the site is in the Captain Cook National Park at Kurnell. Sutherland Point is a prime site for seeing Weedy Sea Dragon, and is an extremely interesting site which always shows up something new. The second dive will be at the monument

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