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Nurse Sharks?

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Nurse Sharks?

We came across an interesting find at Francis Bay when a turtle popped up on our way out of the water... We grabbed the goggles and camera and headed out to find him. We came across two nurse shark looking fish suctioned to the turtles shell while the turtle fed at the bottom and then they followed him as he resurfaced for air. We got a few good photos.

Are these in fact nurse sharks?

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1. Re: Nurse Sharks?

Those are remoras.

Nurse Sharks are much larger and they stay along the bottom of the ocean floor, usually.

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Tinkerbelle is absolutely correct. You can see some big one under the boats moored in the bays.


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We came across a nurse shark at Hawknest yesterday. About 7 feet long and we were about 8 feet away. He or she seemed to be sleeping and we were able to take our time and observe. Of course I didnt have my camera at the moment.

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We saw nurse sharks at Leinster and Francis on our recent trip. I swam as fast as I could to try and get/keep them in frame for pictures, but they were doing their best to get the heck out of Dodge...

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I came across two nurse sharks at Haulover North in October, they were swimming when spotted. One went under a ledge and stayed there, the other was on an open sand bottom and started swimming when I approached. My video of them is here: https://vimeo.com/52803084

Photos are here: https:/…

I'll be putting some additional photos up soon. Oddly enough nurse shark bites are reported more often than other species, because they are nurse sharks some people thing they can grab and manhandle them. The bites themselves don't tend to be very serious, but they also hang on for a long time, bad for scuba and worse for free dives.

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