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Nurse Shark Fish Mounts - You can easily order through this website or call us if you prefer. GFM individually handcrafts each defined and detailed fish replica by hand, one-at-a-time. Every fish reproduction is perfectly airbrushed to resemble each species' most noticeable and distinct color patterns.
By combining the best prices, unmatched quality while supporting and promoting the practice of catch-and-release fishing, Global Fish Mounts continues to be the go-to company for all Freshwater and Saltwater fish mounts. We offer most sizes and species of any fish, including the Nurse Shark seen here.
Variety of Sizes Available: Global Fish Mounts offers mounts of Nurse Shark in a wide variety of different sizes. The models and sizes displayed on this page represent recently produced mounts. As we continuously add more sizes to our product list, and if you do not see the size you are looking for, or simply need more details about the process, please contact us by calling 954-942.1417 or Email: email@example.com.
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The term "nurse" probably is derived from "Nusse", the common name originally applied to catsharks of the family Scyliorhinidae, to which G.cirratum then was thought to belong. In Caribbean waters, the nurse shark is still often referred as "tiburon gato" or cat-shark. carpet shark, cat shark, dogfish. Common in the Atlantic and in the eastern Pacific, in coastal tropical and sub-tropical waters. Reported from Senegal to Gabon, Rhode Island to Southern Brazil, and Mexico to Peru. Also, some individuals have been reported in the Gulf of Gascogne in southwest France. This species is locally very common in shallow waters throughout the West Indies, south Florida and the Florida Keys. Apart of the eastern Pacific, the nurse shark is absent from the Indo-Pacific area, where other related groups have successfully evolved. The nurse shark is a nocturnal animal that rests on sandy bottoms or in caves or crevices in rock in shallow waters during the day. They occasionally occur in groups of up to 40 individual, as they lie very close together sometimes even piling upon one another.
Nurse sharks are very active during the night. In addition to swimming near the bottom or well off it, the nurse shark can clamber on the sea floor, using its flexible, muscular pectoral fins as limbs. Large juveniles and adults are usually found around deeper reefs and rocky areas at depths of 10-250 ft during the daytime and migrate into shallower waters of less than 70 ft deep after darkness. Juveniles up to 6 ft are generally found around shallow coral reefs, grass flats or mangrove islands in 3-13 ft of water. They often lie in groups within limestone solution holes or under rock ledges. Nurse sharks show a strong preference for certain resting sites, and repeatedly return to the same caves and crevices after a nocturnal activity.
Nurse sharks have two spineless, rounded dorsal fins with the first dorsal fin much larger than second, and one anal fin. The origin of the first dorsal fin is about over the origin of the pelvic fin. The caudal fin is more than ¼ of the total animal length. The sub-terminal mouth is placed well in front of the eyes, the spiracles are minute, and moderately long barbels reach the mouth. Nasoral grooves are present, but there is no perinasal groove. Adult nurse sharks generally range from light yellowish tan to dark brown in color. Juveniles up to 23 in have small black spots, with an area of lighter pigmentation surrounding each spot, covering the entire body. These are bands of lighter and darker pigmentation along the dorsal surface. Juveniles (28-48 in) are capable of limited color changes. In a tank experiment small nurse sharks, covered for just a few minutes became considerably lighter than individuals exposed to full sunlight. Unusually pigmented individuals (e.g. brilliant yellow or milky white) have been reported several times. Nurse sharks possess independent dentition, the simplest type of tooth arrangement found in sharks. This means that there is no overlap between teeth, and that forward movements of teeth leading to shedding does not depend on other teeth. In sharks with various degree of overlapping dentition, replacement of teeth cannot take place until outer blocking teeth are lost. Replacement rates among juveniles are generally faster than for adults. Also teeth replacing occur faster in summer, when water temperatures are higher. Averaging 7.5-9 ft in total length and weighing 167-233 lbs, adult females reach a larger size than adult males (7-8.5 ft; 200-267 lbs). Size at maturity is also larger for females, about 7.5 ft in females vs 7 ft for males. Size at birth is in the 11-12 in range, with growth rates for juveniles of about 5 in and 5 lbs per year. Once maturity is reached, growth rates are usually much lower.
Whether you choose to supply your own photos or not, the same care and attention to detail will be given in crafting and painting your mount. Unmatched attention to detail, high quality materials and only the best equipment in the hands of world-class artists using advanced techniques equals a finished product found nowhere else.