Tawny nurse shark

Tawny nurse shark

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Tawny nurse shark (Nebrius ferrugineus). This bottom-dwelling shark inhabits the tropical Indo- Pacific region. It feeds on crustaceans, cephalopods, sea urchins and small fish. Although docile, it has been known to attack divers if severely annoyed. It may reach a length of over three metres. It prefers sandy seabeds down to a depth of around 70 metres. Photographed in the Indian Ocean.

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Keywords: animal, bed, cartilaginous fish, floor, indian ocean, indo-pacific, marine, nature, nebrius ferrugineus, sea, seabed, tawny nurse shark, tropical, tropics, underwater, wildlife, zoology

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