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Tourist Dies In Extremely Rare Shark Attack
The incident is likely the fifth confirmed, unprovoked shark attack in Costa Rica in the last 400 years.
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Snap a Shark Photo and Help Save the Biggest Fish on Earth
Tourist pictures of endangered whale sharks are helping scientists piece together mysteries of the gentle giant.
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Rarely Seen 'Prehistoric' Shark With 300 Teeth Caught
A rarely seen creature from the deep sea was recently pulled up from the ocean near Portugal.
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Who Was The Last Person That Died From A Shark Attack In Sydney Harbour?
“The water was stained with blood and I never thought I would get her away from it.” Frederick Knight
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Alligators Attack and Eat Sharks, Study Confirms
The American reptiles have a voracious diet, but scientists were still surprised by what they found.
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Thousands of Sharks Found on Boat in Huge Illegal Haul
The confiscation of the Chinese ship and arrest of its 20 crew in the Galápagos show just how hard it is to protect marine sanctuaries.
About Nurse Shark

The scientific name for the nurse shark sounds like something Bilbo Baggins might have said to summon elves to his rescue: Ginglymostoma cirratum. Actually the name is a mix of Greek and Latin and means "curled, hinged mouth" to describe this shark's somewhat puckered appearance.

The origin of the name "nurse shark" is unclear. It may come from the sucking sound they make when hunting for prey in the sand, which vaguely resembles that of a nursing baby. Or it may derive from an archaic word, nusse, meaning cat shark. The most likely theory though is that the name comes from the Old English word for sea-floor shark: hurse.

Fast Facts 

Type: Fish

Diet: Carnivore

Average life span in captivity: Up to 25 years

Size: 7.5 to 9.75 ft (2.2 to 3 m)

Weight: 200 to 330 lbs (90 to 150 kg)

Group name: School or shoal

Did you know? Nurse sharks are nocturnal and will often rest on the sea floor during the day in groups of up to 40 sharks, sometimes piled on top of each other.

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