Nurse Shark

(Ginglymostoma cirratum)

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IUCN Conservation Status
Vulnerable (VU)


Warm, shallow waters of the western Atlantic and Eastern Pacific oceans


Size: 7.5-9.5 feet

Weight: 200-300 lbs.

Lifespan: Up to 25 years


Fish, shrimp, squid, shellfish, coral

The nurse shark is a common inshore bottom-dwelling shark found in tropical and subtropical waters, and its typical habitats are reefs, channels between mangrove islands, and sand flats. Nurse sharks 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 shark prefers specific resting sites and will return to them each day after the night's hunting.

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