nurse shark


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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Recent Examples on the Web Of the15 species identified, the most common by far was the nurse shark, followed by the blacktip, lemon and bull shark. David Fleshler,, 23 June 2021 The nurse shark took the speared fish then swam away with it in its mouth. John Christopher Fine,, 9 Apr. 2021 When a diver speared a lionfish that sought refuge under a coral head, a small nurse shark appeared. John Christopher Fine,, 9 Apr. 2021 Once disturbed a nurse shark will bolt away, a dangerous predicament if a diver is in the way and gets pushed aside by an excited fish. John Christopher Fine,, 31 Dec. 2020 Four shark species, included sandbar sharks, sand tiger sharks, lemon sharks and nurse sharks, can be spotted in the shark exhibit. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, 8 Apr. 2020 The nurse shark rests below, and the osprey scouts from above. National Geographic, 19 Mar. 2020 Walker said this time of year, his charters generally see bull sharks, lemon sharks and nurse sharks, along with an occasional hammerhead. USA TODAY, 14 Feb. 2020 The experts at MarAlliance then surprised everyone with a stop at the local Caye Caulker Shark Ray Alley where everyone got the rare opportunity to swim with southern stingrays and nurse sharks. National Geographic, 10 Sep. 2019 See More

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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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“Nurse shark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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