Vegetarian Shark: Florence, World’s First Vegetarian Nurse Shark (Photo)

By on May 22, 2012 in Animals, Europe, Science, World Comments
Vegetarian Nurse Shark

Florence: World’s first vegetarian shark
Image Credit: National Sea Life Centre

The vegetarian nurse shark named Florence at the Birmingham National Sea Life Center in England is reportedly being considered as the world’s first vegetarian shark. Florence has been eating a lot of lettuce heads and other vegetables, according to reports by several international news sites on Thursday, May 17, 2012.

Reports say that Florence is a 6-foot nurse shark that has undergone surgery in 2009 to remove a rusty hook from her jaw. The operation made on the nurse shark was only the second time that a type of procedure was on a shark.

Handlers of Florence revealed that when she recovered from the surgery, the nurse shark started avoiding meat.

In a press release by Graham Burrows, a curator of the Sea Life Center, he said that caretakers are trying to figure out ways of providing Florence the proteins and other nutrients that she needs. Burrows said that “We’re having to hide pieces of fish inside celery sticks, hollowed out cucumbers and between the leaves of lettuces to get her to eat them.” He explained that doing this “has to be well hidden, because if she realizes it’s there she’ll ignore the offering and wait for the strictly vegetarian option.”

Florence has become unique since nurse sharks in the wild reportedly thrives on little algae.

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