Species No Category Common_Name Species Name Length (cm) Length_In Notes Graphic
90,110.00 Shark Swell Shark Cephaloscyllium ventriosum 102.00 40.16 Inhabits shallow reef caves and crevices and kelp beds along the coast and offshore islands. This shark feeds at night on fishes and crustaceans and is totally harmless to divers.
For defense, the swell shark inflates its stomach with water to tightly lodge itself in a reef crevice.
Edibility is poor.
Range is from Monterey Bay to Acapulco. Also found in Chile.
90,170.00 Shark Nurse Shark Ginglymostoma cirratum 400.00 157.48 Frequently found under rock or reef ledges. Carnivorous with well-developed organs for scent and vibration detection.
Like all sharks, the nurse shark has a skeleton of cartilage rather than bone. Instead of scales, its body is covered with tiny razor-sharp denticles. The teeth are specialized forms of denticles. Sharks must continually swim or will slowly sink because they have no air bladder.
Edibility is poor.
Range is from Rhode Island to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico.

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