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Nurse shark

(Ginglymostoma cirratum)

Monochromatic yellowish or gray-brown shark (juveniles have small dark spots on the body). The head is blunt, the mouth is located below, in front of the eyes. There is a pair of well-marked whiskers between the nostrils.

The largest recorded parameters: length - 430 cm, weight - 109.6 kg, although it usually does not exceed 2.5-3 m with a weight of 50-70 kg. The recorded life expectancy is 25 years.

Found on the continental and insular shelves. Usually kept close to the shore, often at a depth of up to 3 meters. Often it is found in channels among mangrove swamps. It forms flocks of up to 40 pieces, which lie motionless in shallow water, near the beaches. Slow, inactive sharks, harmless to humans if left untouched. Provoked by excessive harassment, they can cause serious injuries - they cling to an arm or leg with a bulldog grip and do not let go for a long time, even when they are pulled to land. The nanny feeds, as a rule, at night, eating octopuses, crabs, shrimps, sea urchins and small fish. In the Seychelles, it reaches an impressive size and is often caught when catching other types of sharks.


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