THELMA AND LOUISE
Species: Nurse Shark (Ginglymostoma Cirratum)
Thelma and Louise's Tale:
A private collector took Thelma and Louise out of the wild as young pups and later learned that nurse sharks continue to grow despite how large or small their tank is. Seeing that Thelma and Louise had out grown their tank the collector could no longer care for them and they brought the two sharks to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. As one can imagine nurse sharks do not make the greatest pets. First, they possess very sharp teeth like any other shark. Second, nurse sharks can grow to about 14 feet long and live to be about 35 years old.
Louise is distinguished from Thelma by very faint white spots down her dorsal (back) side and has a notch out of her dorsal fin. We have given these two sharks a forever home here at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium where they have plenty of room to move about. In fact we train both sharks using target poles. Our future goals is to teach both sharks to voluntarily participate in their medical management program.