Nurse Shark

Nurse Sharks are solitary and noctural bottom-dwellers that live across the Western Atlantic Ocean, islands of the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific from Peru up to Baja California. It is often found at depths of 3 to 40 feet (1 to 12 meters) around reefs, channels between mangrove islands and sand flats. 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.

Details & Statistics

Added to Scubadorable
Sep 2, 2007
Scientific Name
Ginglymostoma cirratum
Also known as
Carpet Shark, Cat Shark, Dogfish, Sand Shark
North Pacific, South Pacific, East Pacific, Gulf of California, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, West Atlantic, East Atlantic
95 to 169 inches
0 to 426 feet

International Names

Czech (Cesky)
Atlantický žralok chůva
German (Deutsch)
Danish (Dansk)
Spanish (Español)
Tiburón Nodriza
Finnish (Suomi)
French (Français)
Requin Dormeur
Italian (Italiano)
Squalo nutrice
Japanese (日本語)
Dutch (Nederlands)
Polish (Polski)
Rekin Wasaty
Portuguese (Português)
Brazilian Portuguese (Português brasileiro)
Russian (русский язык)
акула усатая
Swedish (Svenska)

Cute Nurse Shark Gifts

Cute Nurse Shark T-Shirt – The Nurse Shark is a type of shark that lives across the Western Atlantic Ocean & islands of the Caribbean. They also inhabit the waters of... View on Zazzle
Nurse Shark Metal Ornament – Our cute Scubadorable Nurse Shark is great for scuba divers and anyone that loves sharks.You can totally customize this gift! Add text, change the color,... View on Zazzle
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