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COMMON NAME:
Nurse Shark

SPECIES NAME:
Ginglymostoma cirratum

DESCRIPTION:
Can reach a length of 14 ft and a weight of 330 lbs

HABITAT: 
Found in tropical and subtropical waters on the continental and insular shelves

FUN FACT: 
Nurse sharks are able to respire while stationary by pumping water through their mouths and out gills.

ON EXHIBIT: 
Shark Realm - Adventure Zone D

Nurse Sharks

Nurse Sharks are typically known as bottom-dwelling species, but can be easily observed from our 40’ shark tunnel in Shark Realm.  Here’s your chance to witness one off the most fascinating known shark species.

Did you know? The nurse shark is a common inshore bottom-dwelling shark, found in tropical and subtropical waters, and its common habitats are reefs, channels between mangrove islands and sand flats. They can reach lengths up to 14 feet. These species are also nocturnal, spending the day in large inactive groups of up to 40 individuals. Hidden under submerged ledges or in crevices within the reef, the nurse sharks seem to prefer specific resting sites and will return to them each day after the night's hunting. By night, the sharks are largely solitary; they spend most of their time rifling through the bottom sediments in search of food. Their diet consists primarily of crustaceans, molluscs, tunicates, sea snakes, and other fish, particularly stingrays. Nurse sharks are able to respire while stationary by pumping water through their mouths and out gills.

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