Visit our nurse shark Thelma, and watch her circle around her habitat from above or underwater! A private collector took Thelma out of the wild as a young pup and later learned that nurse sharks continue to grow regardless of their tank size. When she had outgrown her tank, the collector could no longer care for her and brought Thelma to Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
Where to See
- Nearly 7 feet
We have given Thelma a forever home here at CMA where she has plenty of room to move about. Thelma has learned to voluntarily participate in her own medical management program through target-pole training. You can get an underwater view of Thelma with other marine fish down Shipwreck Alley in the Sea Cavern, or watch her from above at Shark Pass.
- Data Deficient
- Average Size
- 130 lbs
- Caribbean, American west coast
- Line fishing, commercial fishing
- Defining Characteristic
- Slow-moving bottom dweller
- Reach lengths of up to 14 feet