The Biology of the Nurse Shark, Ginglymostoma cirratum, Off the Florida East Coast and the Bahama Islands

  title={The Biology of the Nurse Shark, Ginglymostoma cirratum, Off the Florida East Coast and the Bahama Islands},
  author={José I. Castro},
  journal={Environmental Biology of Fishes},
  • J. Castro
  • Published 1 May 2000
  • Biology
  • Environmental Biology of Fishes
The nurse shark is an extremely abundant shallow water species in Florida and the Caribbean, yet its biology is poorly known. Moreover, there is a great deal of misinformation about it in the literature. The maximum size and weight attained by the nurse shark have often been exaggerated. None of the specimens measured in this study exceeded 265 cm TL and 114.5 kg, and none of the specimens actually measured by other researchers exceeded 280 cm. Females reach maturity at a length of 223–231 cm… 
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