Pacific Nurse Shark

The Pacific nurse shark is a nurse shark living in the Pacific Ocean.

Pacific Nurse Shark Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Orectolobiformes
Family Ginglymostomatidae
Genus Ginglymostoma
Scientific Name G. unami


The Pacific nurse shark is 110 inches long at max. It has a broad head, a short snout, and a small mouth.

These sharks are brown dorsally and creamy white ventrally. Juveniles have dark bands on their bodies.

Where do they live

Map Of The Pacific Nurse Shark’s Habitat

Pacific nurse shark Habitat Map


As the name indicates, the Pacific nurse shark lives in the eastern Pacific Ocean, with sightings in Costa Rica, the Gulf of California, and Peru.

It lives close to the bottom of the ocean, around coral reefs, sea grass beds, and shallow sandy bays.



While it is not precisely known, it is assumed that this shark consumes crustaceans, invertebrates, and small fish.


The shark likely rests in warm spots during cooler months.


These sharks are most likely aplacental viviparous.

Interactions with humans

As per the IUCN, the Pacific nurse shark is “Endangered” or “EN”.

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