Everyone at the beach knows exactly what to do when someone cries “Shark!” or “Great white!” But yell “Wobbegong!” and most swimmers will just give you puzzled looks. This odd shark is the Rodney Dangerfield of toothy fishes. It gets no respect.
Though at least one Aussie now knows it is not to be trifled with. While swimming along the New South Wales central coast, Luke Tresoglavic was bitten on the leg by a Wobbegong, according to The Associated Press. The fish was apparently in an ornery mood because it refused to let go. “Once I got to shore, a couple of people tried to help me but I could not remove it; it was stuck there,” Tresoglavic said.
Tresoglavic then limped to the parking lot and drove himself, with shark attached, to the beach’s clubhouse, where the lifeguards knew to spray the 24-inch shark with fresh water to make it relax its grip.