Saturday 19 September, 2020

WATCH: Shark pays Cayman diners a visit as they eat lunch

Lunchtime diners at Palm Heights Hotel were startled yesterday when they saw what looked to be a nurse shark on the shoreline.

"We couldn't believe it was so close!" Said Puspa, who was enjoying a cocktail and some bites at local restaurant hot spot, Tillies when her group spotted a large gray creature on the shoreline.

"We ran down to get whatever footage we could," she said.

But the shark did not appear to know that it was the star of a home movie and continued to enjoy the cool, clear and tranquil waters.

According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, nurse sharks (Ginglymostoma cirratum), grow to between 8 and 9 feet (2.4 and 2.7 meters) in length, and are concentrated in shallow waters in the Caribbean, and off the coast of south Florida and the Florida Keys, but are also found along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the Americas.

Nurse sharks are typically harmless. Fortunately, even in the very rare instances when a nurse shark has attacked humans -- so far, 52 recorded times in history, with no recorded fatalities -- the bite isn't powerful enough to be lethal.

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