Nurse sharks are nocturnal creatures that usually spend the daytime resting under ledges or crevices in the reef. They are generally docile and do not present a threat to divers, although there are some, rather rare, reports of divers being bitten.
Unlike most other sharks that need to constantly move in order to breathe, the nurse shark can remain stationary and breathe by pumping water through their mouths and out gills.
The nurse shark hunts at night looking for crustaceans, mollusks, eels, stingrays and other fish. They often catch their prey that otherwise would be too quick for them by either going after fish that sleep at night or by using suction created by their small mouths and large throat cavities.
Starting from the western end of Trunk Bay, we snorkeled over the reef between Trunk and Jumbie Bay and on to the Point between Jumbie and Denis. Although much of the coral was in poor condition, the snorkel had enough interesting highlights and colorful patches to make for an enjoyable alternative to the Trunk Bay Snorkel Trail on the eastern end of the beach.
The nurse shark, (Ginglymostoma cirratum) can be as long as 14 ft and a weight as much as of 730 pounds. The nurse shark in the video was photographed on the north side of Waterlemon Cay.
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St. John Weather
Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. East wind around 22 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Yesterday, we snorkeled at Tektite. We came by boat, but it is also possible to get there by land.
Although the coral reefs around St. John and in the Caribbean in general have suffered considerably in modern times, there’s still a lot of beauty to be enjoyed and the Tektite snorkel is a case in point.
For example, the coral encrustations on the rock walls still have brightly colored orange cup corals, sponges and other invertebrates.
We also saw lots of fish and cool creatures like this nurse shark and the little camera shy lobster that stayed hiding in it’s little hole in the reef.
We found two caves; one as shown in the above photo and another one further east. It was a really beautiful day, clear blue skies with passing rain squall adding a dramatic effect.
Yesterday was an exceptionally beautiful day on St. John. The seas were flat calm and the underwater visibility was crisp and clear. The highlights of the snorkel were the eel, the shark, a pretty angelfish, two colorful file fish, a small hawksbill turtle and a big barracuda. The video was taken at Salt Pond Bay just to the east of the rocks that rise above the surface at the mouth of the bay.
St. John Weather
High Temperature: 86 degrees
Water Temperature: 82 degrees
Sunset: 6:33 pm
Winds: ENE 10-15 mph
Forecast: Partly Cloudy
St. John Live Music Schedule Wednesday April 4
Aqua Bistro – Rascio on Steel Pan – 5:30 – 8:30 776-5336 Castaways – Kenny Floyd – 8:00 – 777-3316 Coconut Coast Studios – St. John Flutes – 776-6944 Cruz Bay Prime – Samba Combo – 7:00 – 10:00 – 693 -8000 Driftwood Dave’s – Paradise People – 7:00 – 10:00 – 777-4015 High Tide – Chris Carsel – 6:00 – 9:00 – 714-6169 Sun Dog Cafe – Wednesday Night Jam – 7:30-10:00 – 244-9713
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.
St. John Music Schedule Monday April 25
High Tide – Steven Sloan – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169 La Tapa – Sambacombo – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-7755 Maho Bay Camps – Bo & Lauren – 8:00 – 10:00 – 715-0501 Ocean Grill – Chris Carsel – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693 3304
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Note: I’m doing the best I can to present an accurate music schedule, but to be sure, it would be a great idea to call the restaurant or bar beforehand to confirm.
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