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Nurse Shark
Nurse Shark

Class

Fish

Species

Shark

The Nurse Shark is a shark in the nurse sharks (Ginglymostomatidae) family, the only member of its genus Ginglymostoma. The nurse shark is not widely commercially fished, but because of its sluggish behaviour it is an easy target for local fisheries. Its skin is exceptionally tough and is prized for leather; its flesh is consumed fresh and salted and its liver is utilised for oil. It is not taken as a game fish. It has been reported in some unprovoked attacks on humans, but is not generally perceived as a threat. Divers have often provoked the shark, however, by grabbing a motionless specimen by the tail. 

HabitatEdit

The nurse shark is a common inshore bottom-dwelling shark, found in tropical and subtropical waters on the continental and insular shelves. It is frequently found at depths of one meter or less, but may occur down to 75 m (246 ft). Its common habitats are reefs, channels between mangrove islands and sand flats.

BehaviorEdit

Nurse sharks are nocturnal animals, 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.

FoodEdit

Their diet consists primarily of crustaceans, molluscs, tunicates, sea snakes, and other , particularly stingrays.

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