Real name is, Ginglymostoma Cirratum means curled hinged mouth
5 Interesting Behaviors/ Adaptations
- Nurse Sharks can remain motionless while resting on the sea floor by facing against the flow of water and pumping the water through their mouths and gills.
- Slow and sluggish movement, the are non-migratory and adapt to colder water temperatures by decreasing activity level.
- During the day they stay in groups up to 40 for protection purposes, at night they are more active and alone. Nocturnal.
- Suction feeding, feeds by sucking prey into the mouth, it helps extracts the prey that is hiding.
- Two barbells in between nostrils to help detect prey.
- This are not typically hunted by commercial fishers or for sport fishing.
- Some small operations capture this fish for its skin, which is used in high quality leathers.
- Their liver is also harvested for certain types of oils.
- Due to their relatively slow speeds, they are very easy to catch.
- Threat to humans is minimal. Few attacks recorded, only one was unprovoked, none were fatal.
N is for Nurse Shark but also Nocturnal