This is a macro photograph, take a few guess at what it might be. I will post the answer in a couple days!
This is Zebra Shark also known as an Australian Leopard (Stegostoma fasciatum) up close dermal denticles.
Zebra Shark (Stegostoma fasciatum)
Tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific. Usually spotted around coral reefs and sandy flatts with depths up to 70 meters (230 ft). Prefer shallow water with many places to hide.
These nocturnal hunters are slow swimmers and use eel like movement to navigate the reef. With small mouths and strong jaws their main diet consists of crab, mollusk, small bony fish, and shrimp. Mainly seen pointing toward the natural water flow allowing this water to flow through their gills without any movement.
Since they are oviparous, females produce up to 50 egg capsules within a 4 month period. The eggs are fixated onto corals or rocks until the pups hatch.
Nicknamed “carpet fish”
Juveniles have stripes and adults have only spots
Can reach between lengths of 2 to 3.5 meters (6.5 to 11.5 ft)
Lifespan from 25-? yrs
Information & Research by Matt Vincent