Nurse Shark
Nurse Shark
Ginglymostoma cirratum
Range Atlantic Ocean
Estimated Population Data Deficient
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Orectolobiformes
Family Ginglymostomatidae
Genus Ginglymmostoma
Species • G. cirratum
Conservation Status
(IUCN 3.1)
Data Deficient

The Nurse Shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum) is a shark that is very non-aggressive shark that only occasionally bites that can reach up to a max. of 14 feet (4.3 meters). It is a common bottom dwelling shark found in coastal areas mostly around the Atlantic Ocean.

Interaction with HumansEdit

The Nurse Shark is not commercially fished widely, but since it is sluggish and frequently bites, it is an easy target for most fishermen. It's skin is very tough with large scales, and is prized for leather.

There has been only a few reports of unprovoked attacks, though most attacks are provoked.

Marine Marine HabitatsAquariumsGlobal OceansOcean Weather
Vertebrate FishesMammalsReptilesAmphibiansCartilaginous FishesSharks
Invertebrate ArthropodMolluscaEchinodermsCnidaria
Conservation Status Critically EndangeredEndangeredNear ThreatenedVulnerableLeast ConcernData DeficientNot Evaluated