What's in a name? 🤔 Nurse sharks have one of the strangest species names, but where did it come from? Because the last time we checked, nurse sharks are not interested in saving lives! There's a few theories about how these nocturnal sharks got their name. It may come from an Old English word, "hurse," which refers to a seafloor shark. Or it could come from the sucking sound the sharks make when they hunt, which resembles that of a nursing baby. Another theory? It could come from an archaic word, "nusse," which means cat shark (because of the nurse shark's distinctive "whiskers." What theory do you think gives the nurse shark its name? Let us know! .
The Bearded ghoul or demon stinger (Inimicus didactylus) has to have one of the best set of names and crazy looks ever! And it lives on SAND. ・・・
I am always going on about how fish living on sand can be just as interesting as those found on coral and rocky reefs – this fantastic footage (which shows behaviour that looks very much like courtship) captured by Taku Ohara at Benthos Divers @benthos1999 surely proves that!
These fish are highly venomous so keep that in mind if you ever come across them…not that you will see them in most cases ;) as they are ambush predators that tend to bury themselves in the sand and wait for prey to turn up.