Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Wobbegong saved from restaurant but what kind?
You might have seen this nice little news story posted on your Facebook wall today about a shark rescued from a Taiwanese seafood restaurant and released back into the wild.
I was aware of this a good few weeks ago when Eion (the guy in the video using some rather majestic "Chinglish" to address the nation) asked for advice on what to do with this shark they had found which they wanted to release. Of course, they managed to do it in the end so well done them but this blog is more a question about the actual shark itself.
The related literature I have seen with the release of the video on social media states that the shark is a "White Spotted Bamboo Shark" which the shark in the video obviously is not...
Whitespotted Bamboo Shark
That's a White Spotted Bamboo Shark, the shark in the video is clearly a Wobbegong but which kind? My two main thoughts are...
The Japanese Wobbegong would make a lot more sense but since I first saw a pic, I straight away thought Spotted Wobbegong but if so, what the hell would a live Spotted Wobbegong be doing in a Taiwanese seafood restaurant?!
I'm not much of an expert on the various species of Wobbies so Mike, JSD, David Shiffman...Any of you able to shed light on exactly which species this is from the video?