The ORA® Captive-Bred Short Tail Nurse Shark is another great achievement in aquaculture. Very little was known about the breeding habits and reproduction of the Short Tail Nurse Shark until the recent success of ORA. The Short Tail Nurse Shark is an oviparous (egg laying) species that produces eggs that take 165 days to hatch. The ORA Captive-Bred Short Tail Nurse Shark is somewhat subdued in appearance, sporting a relatively uniform overall tan/brown coloration and a paler underside. It has a broad and blunt shaped head with very small eyes and tiny nasal barbels. It’s common name refers to the unique feature of its precaudal tail being shorter than head and body length and a petite caudal fin less than a quarter of their total length.
The ORA® Captive-Bred Short Tail Nurse Shark naturally occurs from the Western Indian Ocean, found in shallow water and coral reefs along the coast of Africa from Tanzania to Kenya and around the island of Madagascar. It is recognized as the smallest member of the Nurse Shark Family. This tropical species is well-adapted to life on the coral reef boasting a tough skin that is advantageous when navigating in and around rough coral structures. The ORA Captive-Bred Short Tail Nurse Shark can survive for many hours out of the water, perhaps an adaptation to receding water levels during low tide.
The ORA® Captive-Bred Short Tail Nurse Shark is considered an “expert only” animal. Provide an established, well filtered, and highly-oxygenated aquarium 200 gallons or larger in size with pristine water conditions. House with carefully chosen tank mates to ensure long term success. Provide the ORA Captive-Bred Short Tail Nurse Shark, a low-stress environment with limited disruption and never expose it to copper-based medications. The ORA Captive-Bred Short Tail Nurse Shark is nocturnal, meaning it is primarily active during the night. This slow-moving shark is typically not very active, often occupying its time sitting on the bottom or taking refuge in “caves” or crevices during the day. Interestingly, the ORA Captive-Bred Short Tail Nurse Shark will often rest on its side or even upside down for an extended period of time!
The ORA® Captive-Bred Short Tail Nurse Shark has a hearty appetite and should be feed the freshest foods possible offered when the shark is naturally active, typically around dawn and dusk. If the ORA Captive-Bred Short Tail Nurse Shark is observed roaming the aquarium during daytime hours, it needs to be fed more.
The diet of the ORA® Captive-Bred Short Tail Nurse Shark should consist of small pieces of cleaned, vitamin-enriched fresh fish, raw squid or shrimp, scallop, and clam.
Approximate Purchase Size: 5” to 7"
Please note: We guarantee that ALL aquaria species we offer will arrive alive and in good condition. However, because of the increased level of care required for this particular species, it has been designated as "Expert Only." This species is recommended only for the expert aquarist, zoo, or research institution. “Expert Only” aquatic life is exempt from our extended guarantee after their arrival.