Nurse shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum) • Nurse Shark

Nurse shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum)

Nurse shark cruising the boundary between spur and groove reef habitat and sand flats at Mona Island, Puerto Rico.

Also the Nurse sharks feed primarily on invertebrates, including crustaceans and mollusks .Nurse sharks are an important species for shark research. They are robust and able to tolerate capture, handling, and tagging extremely well.[4] As inoffensive as nurse sharks may appear, they are ranked fourth in documented shark bites on humans,[5] likely due to incautious behavior by divers on account of the nurse shark’s slow, sedentary nature

Image courtesy of Ron Hill, NOAA Fisheries, SEFSC-Galveston.

Gulf of Mexico Deep Sea Habitats: September 21 – October 2, 2003

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