We are not the only ones that enjoy Spiny Lobster

I am not sure that the nurse sharks along eastern shores in Abaco are aware that lobster season is closed right now. For part of the coral restoration project we record the fish communities along our artificial reefs to catch a glimpse of the fish that might not be present when we are doing snorkel surveys. Well, today was a definite case where we would have missed out on a really exciting event. The past two weeks I have noticed that a few cinderblocks from the reefs have been moved around; more than what a storm could do. I had no idea what was doing it until this lovely video: a hungry nurse shark! Please enjoy this video above of this girl’s attempt at lunch.

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Quick Facts

The Nurse Shark, Ginglymostoma cirratum, is typically a nocturnal predator that is known to predate on fish, molluscs (e.g. clams) and crustaceans like the spiny lobster. You can spot an individual roaming alone or you might see up to 40 together. They are often found in nearshore environments, making them easy for us to spot while boating, snorkeling, or fishing. While they can grow quite large (up to 9ft!), nurse sharks are typically non-aggressive and a safe site to observe while outdoors. Be sure to keep an eye out for these beautiful predators.

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:13-05:00 June 5th, 2015|Categories: Artificial Reefs, Coral, sharks|0 Comments

About the Author:

Enie Hensel
Broadly my interests lie in exploring the intertwining interactions between top-down and bottom-up mechanisms that have been anthropogenically impacted in coastal ecosystems. Currently, I am investigating how structure complexity and the presence of top predators affect patch reef fish communities in Abaco, The Bahamas.

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