Nurse shark

Nurse shark
Nurse shark
Ginglymostomatidae (Nurse Sharks)
Ginglymostoma cirratum
0 to 100+ ft
The nurse shark has two fleshy, sensory barbels on the snout. The tail has a long upper lobe and no apparent lower lobe. The dorsal fins are about the same size and set close together. The mouth is relatively small. This shark grows to 12 feet (4 m) in length. The nurse shark occurs throughout the Caribbean, and is one of the more commonly seen sharks, most often observed "sleeping" under ledges or in holes in the reef during the daytime. They become active hunters at night, feeding on a variety of invertebrates including shrimps, crabs and snails. They are harmless and not aggressive but will bite if they are provoked.

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