nurse shark

noun

Definition of nurse shark 

: any of various usually bottom-dwelling sharks (family Ginglymostomatidae) with barbels near the nostrils especially : a large yellowish to grayish brown shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum) of warm usually shallow coastal waters that is typically nonaggressive and rests often in groups on the sea floor during the day

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Nobody really needs to go falconing in Mongolia or ride on the back of a nurse shark in Alaska for their life to be complete. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "It’s Time to Kick the Bucket List," 20 July 2018 University of Miami student Katarina Zarutskie, 19, suffered a wrist injury after a nurse shark bit her left arm and pulled her down during a trip to the Bahamas with her boyfriend. Johnny Diaz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Shark bites UM student in the Bahamas: 'I could feel his teeth sinking into my arm'," 11 July 2018 Katarina Zarutskie makes a quick getaway after getting bitten by a 5-foot nurse shark while on vacation in the Bahamas. Matthew Martinez, miamiherald, "Model swam with sharks. One bite and six stitches later, she says she’d do it again," 11 July 2018 The aquarium is home to grey reef shark, nurse sharks, blacktip reef shark and a group of baby coral catsharks, a recent addition. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Sea Life Orlando marks Shark Month with 'sharkfie' opportunities," 9 July 2018 Zarutskie, a 19-year-old nursing student and Instagram model from Laguna Beach, California, had been swimming with nurse sharks when one bit her arm and started to drag her under the water last month. NBC News, "Shark attacks California Instagram model in Bahamas," 9 July 2018 Her friends had gathered at the back of the boat in late May, tossing bits of fish to a group of tawny nurse sharks in the water, Brunning told the West Australian newspaper. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "She wanted to hand-feed a shark but then aghh no not like that why???," 2 July 2018 Melissa Brunning was on vacation at Dugong Bay last month in northwest Australia and was taking part in a feeding of tawney nurse sharks. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Shark bites woman during Australian vacation," 2 July 2018 Melissa Brunning was in northwestern Australia on a a friend's yacht when a group of nurse sharks began hanging out around the boat, according to Perth Now. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "She was feeding a shark by hand. Then it bit her finger and pulled.," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of nurse shark

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nurse shark

alteration of nusse

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