WATERY WEDNESDAY # 71
We’re taking the E & E sub down to the ocean’s floor to find a member of the shark family! These beauties rest on the bottom during the day and look for food at night! We have plenty of room in the sub for everyone! Let’s do this…
MEET THE NURSE SHARK!
Diet: Carnivore: invertebrates, crustaceans
Length/Weight: 9-14 ft/ over 300 lbs
Conservation Status: common
- Nurse sharks have barbells on the bottom of their mouth to find food.
- They suck prey of the ocean floor.
- Nurse sharks are nocturnal.
- Nurse sharks rest on the bottom in caves and crevices during the day. They often rest in groups.
- They pump water through their mouth and over their gills when they rest.
Nurse sharks are really cool. Not all sharks have the ability to rest like these guys do; most have to swim to keep the water passing over their gills. Too bad we can’t have a nurse shark in our bathtub here at headquarters.