A scuba diving instructor in the Cayman Islands, home to millions of the Clinton’s money, discovered an ailing nurse shark. Upon examination, he found that the shark had a knife sticking in it’s head. He swam over and gently pulled the knife out and the shark swam away.
Brett Johnson, the scuba instructor is being credited with saving the shark’s life.
Nurse sharks are slow-moving bottom-dwellers and are, for the most part, harmless to humans. However, they can be huge—up to 14 feet (4.3 meters)—and have very strong jaws filled with thousands of tiny, serrated teeth, and will bite defensively if stepped on or bothered by divers who assume they’re docile.
They use their strong jaws to crush and eat shellfish and even coral, but prefer to dine on fish, shrimp, and squid. They are gray-brown and have distinctive tail fins that can be up to one-fourth their total length. Unlike most other sharks, nurses are smooth to the touch.
Johnson told the Cayman Compass: ‘At first it looked like it was just sleeping as most nurse sharks usually are, but then we noticed something coming out of its head.
‘I can’t say what happened or why it ended up getting knifed in the head, but fortunately it came out easy enough and the shark seems to be doing all right. It was seen again on Wednesday swimming around the same reef.’
Johnson said it would be a good idea to post signs to remind swimmers that it is illegal to take sharks from the Cayman waters where they are a protected species.