Wobbegong Shark bites Australian Museum Cashier

Australian Museum Cashier, Chai Griffin was bitten by a small Wobbegong Shark at a depth of 19 m during a morning dive on 26 April 2004.

X-ray image showing tooth fragment

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Chai was the third diver to look at the shark, which was lying under an overhang at Latitude Reef, near Forster, New South Wales.

Without provocation the 1.2 m long shark swam at Chai and bit him on the wrist. The shark released Chai immediately and then swam off.

Australian divers commonly see Wobbegongs lying on the seabed in caves and under ledges. They are usually not aggressive. Wobbegongs however do have sharp teeth and should not be touched or provoked.

Shark Attack File - International


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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