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 Porto, we have two Nurse Sharks. They’re so dangerous that it is highly likely that they’re resting at the bottom of the Oceanic Tank!
To see and do
- Try to find out if our Nurse Sharks are male or female!
- Take notice of them sprawled on the glass at the usual feeding time, just waiting for their snack! It's the only time you'll get to see them at the top of the Aquarium. Did you know that they recognize their feeding times?
- Lurk into the little windows, near the Rockpool. They’re usually accompanied by our Grouper, equally gentle!