Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic Google translation from a post originally written in French. My apologies for the weird sentences and the funny mistakes that could have been generated during the process. If you can read French, the original and correct version can be found here:
It's a shark, then. It's not obvious at first glance. First, because most of the time, you do not even notice it. Her brown-gray spotted dress is a great camouflage on the bottom.
Then because it remains sprawled in the debris of coral, huddled on the sand, or hidden in the shade, without moving too much, like a carpet ... (Hence the name!)
In addition, he has a beard, this shark. Finally, some kinds of growths around the mouth, a bit like scorpion fish. Their shape is reminiscent of coral tips. He ends up getting confused in his environment. Every time we met one, during these dives at Raja Ampat, I did not see anything. Without the trained eye of my guides under the water, I would have missed it.
It seems he has teeth anyway
This is the kind of shark that can easily be approached by diving. He's not moving. Or very little. One can come close, stick him flash and dome of the camera in front of the muzzle, he does not flinch. I give you below a short video of a minute where we see some of the wobbegongs I met in Raja Ampat.
Blunder even if you do not come too close. He can play the rugs, with his rounded mouth that seems harmless, it seems he has small teeth, this shark. It's best not to scare or disturb him. We never know…