This Shark’s skin is very rough and it feels like sandpaper, a very characteristic trade of this species.
The Nurse Shark has two conspicuous barbs in between his nostrils, which he uses to find food on the sandy bottoms, hence his name: his barbs look like nurse’s forceps, just like in surgery!
Here at SEA LIFE Hannover, we have two Nurse Sharks. They’re rather calm animals, so that it is highly likely that they’re resting at the bottom of the Ocean Tank!
When Nurse Sharks eat, they suck rather than bite, unlike other sharks. One of our Nurse Sharks is always hungry and tries to steal the other shark’s food.
Things to Do
- See the biggest type of shark at SEA LIFE Hannover!
- Watch our male Nurse Shark relax on top of the Ocean tunnel, one of his favourite spots.
- Try to find out, which of our Nurse Sharks is the one with a larger appetite.