Where are they found?
The grey nurse shark showing some outer features.
(© David Harasti)
The grey nurse shark is found mainly in warm-temperate inshore waters around the main continents of the world. In Australia, grey nurse sharks are restricted to two populations, one on the east coast from southern Queensland to southern New South Wales and the other around the south west coast of Western Australia. It is believed that the east and west coast populations do not interact and research has shown that the populations are genetically different. The grey nurse shark is now considered to be extinct in Victorian waters, although it was recorded there in the past.
What do they eat?
Grey nurse sharks feed on a wide variety of bony fishes, small sharks, rays, squid and sometimes crabs and lobsters. In addition, groups of these sharks can feed by working together to gather schools of fish into tight bunches before feeding on them.