Nurse sharks come in all colors: including tawny! The tawny nurse shark (Nebrius ferrugineus) lives up to its common name by being a grey to tawny color, with a paler color as its underbelly. Juvenile tawny nurse sharks have dark spots on their skin while adults don't.
They prefer continental and insular shelves, and tend to not go deeper than 70 metres. You can find them on or close to reefs (both coral and rocky) as well as lagoons! Like other nurse sharks, they have a broad, flat head and a square snout with tiny eyes. A nocturnal animal, they (and some friends- they like a party!) spend their days resting in caves or overhangs of reefs... until nighttime, that is. When the sun dips is when these animals really come alive, foraging for lobsters, crabs, octopus, sea urchins, and small fish. Widely found in the Indian and west/central Pacific Oceans, they are seen from the Red Sea, East Africa and Arabian Gulf to the southern parts of Japan, Indonesia and Australia.
Tawny nurse sharks are viviparous with yolk-sac, and females give birth to up to eight (8) pups! The IUCN has assessed these animals as Vulnerable (VU).
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