Nurse Sharks in Jupiter, FL

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Nurse sharks are slow moving bottom dwellers. They are grey to yellow brown in color and can grow up to 14ft and weigh up to 130lbs. The nurse shark has a catfish like face with very strong jaws that are filled with thousands of tiny teeth, and will bite defensively if stepped on or bothered by divers. They use their jaws to crush and eat shellfish, shrimp, squid and fish. Nurse sharks are abundant along the Jupiter ledges and spend a lot of their spare time just lying at the bottom of the sea floor. They are nocturnal and therefore tend to be very active at night.  The nurse is easy to identify with their slow moving body, their catfish like face, and two dorsal fins that are of nearly equal size and set to the back.


- Anne

Anne Bunjes