St. John Sea Creatures: Nurse Shark

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St. John Virgin Islands Sea Creatures: Nurse Sharks
Nurse Shark, Ginglymostoma cirrat

About the Nurse Shark
The nurse shark, Ginglymostoma cirratum, can reach a length of 14 ft (4.3 m) and a weight of 330 lbs (150 kg).

Unlike most sharks, the nurse is able to breathe while remaining in one place and can often be found lying under ledges or resting motionless on the sea floor.

Slow and sluggish, this species of sharks rarely attacks humans.

Nurse sharks mostly eat marine invertebrates such as lobsters, shrimp and sea urchins. They capture their prey by their ability to create a strong suction through their small mouths and large throat cavities, which has led to their name, “nurse sharks.”

This nurse shark, about five feet long was photographed Easter Sunday just off of the western coast of Whistling Cay.

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