Since the Gladys Porter Zoo opened in 1971, it has never been the home to nurse sharks, which can grow up to 13 feet. We are excited to announce that we added two males to our collection on January 25th! These two male nurse sharks were brought from the Mississippi Aquarium and are now living in our 30,000 Gulf of Mexico tank found in the Russell Aquatic Ecology Center. Ours are about five feet long and are definitely larger than any other species we have ever housed!
“They are very much like house cats: they like to relax on the bottom of the ocean, often in groups of two to five and sometimes lying right on top of one another,” states Senior Aquarist, Dan Goggin. Just like they enjoy lounging at the bottom of the Gulf and Atlantic Ocean, they enjoy doing the same here-you’ll often be able to get a great view of them because of this, and they are a sight to see.
Thank you to all who voted, our nurse sharks now have names. Say hello to Oscar and Fred. We encourage the public to come and visit them!