We get 3 species of Wobbegongs here at Byron (Ornate, spotted and Hale's Wobbegongs) and respect must be given to them. I think Jim is correct regarding the comment that Wobbegongs bite more people than any other Shark species in Australia. Several of my friends and myself included have been bitten over the years and my case was with a 3m Hale's Wobby. The Wobbegong are famous for biting and locking their Jaws onto their victim, even to the point where I have seen spearfishermen walk up the beach with a Wobbegong still attached to some part of their body. Its been suggested that fresh water flushed down a Wobby's throat soon gets the animal to release. I also beleive that most attacks are from people not seeing the Wobby and putting their hands/feet/bum on the animal with it biting as a defence. Yes you heard right, a couple fo my mates have been bitten on the bum. Also the size of a Wobby doesnt put them off as I have seen foot long Wobby's come up and bite full grown man.
Having said that I still dive with these sharks on a very regular basis and you soon get to know when a Wobby isnt in the mood for its photo to be taken. I take it for granted that Julian Rocks Byron Bay is cover with Wobbegongs and not as much attention is placed on this interesting and unique shark.
Here is a shot on the fly at small area which I counted 20 Wobbegongs of different Species. You can see the bigger Hale's Wobbegong in the middle top of the shot.
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