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Topic info
Nickname: 
Nurse
A species of : 
Nurse Shark
Scholarly resource: 
Cégep Beauce-Appalaches
Abstract: 
These sharks cruise and clamber on the bottom with their mouths and barbels close to the substrate while searching for food. They use their short, small mouths and large mouth cavities as a bellows to suck in their prey. Food items: bony fish, crabs, shrimps, lobsters, squids, octopuses, corals, sea urchins, sea squirts. Young born fully developed.
Outline: 
It is short precaudal tail, much shorter than the head and the body. These are common, small to large, nocturnal, inshore bottom sharks with a circumglobal distribution in subtropical and tropical waters, in depths from the intertidal down to at least 70 m.
ANIMAL SPECIFICATIONS
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Family: 
Elasmobranchii
Class: 
Fishes
Region: 
Western Europe
North America
South America
Status: 
Abundant
Zoo Area: 
South Pacific Odyssey in Zoo Granby
Scientific Name: 
Ginglymostomatidae
Common Name: 
Etymology: Greek, gynglimos = hinge + Greek, stoma = mouth. 1657 ( Ref. 45335).

Location

United States

There are three species in this family of sharks. They are found in warm ocean waters in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans at depths of up to 250 feet.

They have flattened bodies; broad, flat heads; small eyes; two spineless dorsal fins; and barbells on their nostrils. Nurse sharks range in size from the 2.5 foot long short-tail nurse shark to the 9 foot long nurse shark and tawny nurse shark.

During the day they are found in shallow water in groups of up to 40 individuals in mudflats, sand flats, coral reefs, or rocky crevices. At night, nurse sharks hunt alone for small bony fish, crustaceans, octopuses, squid, sea-urchins, mollusks, and even

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