July 22-29 Meet the Dolphin Tale Stars (Sawyer, Hazel & Phoebe) at Clearwater Marine Aquarium! See schedule and details.

Nurse Sharks

Check out our nearly 7 ft resident sharks

Nurse Sharks

Check out our nearly 7 ft resident sharks

Nurse shark swimming

Nurse Sharks

Check out our nearly 7 ft resident sharks

Wild Sharks

A private collector took Thelma and Louise out of the wild as young pups and later learned that nurse sharks continue to grow regardless of how large or small their tank is. When they had outgrown their tank, the collector could no longer care for them and brought them to Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

nurse shark habitat

 Thelma and Louise

Species: Nurse shark (ginglymostoma cirratum)

Sex: Females

Shark Habitat

We have given these two sharks a forever home here at Clearwater Marine Aquarium where they have plenty of room to move about. In fact we train both sharks using target poles. Our future goal is to teach both sharks to voluntarily participate in their medical management program. You can get an underwater view of Thelma & Louise together with other marine fish down Shipwreck Alley in the Sea Cavern or go upstairs to watch them from above at Shark Pass.

Did You Know?

  • Nurse sharks possess very sharp teeth, can grow to 14 feet long and live to be about 35 years old.
  • Louise can be distinguished from Thelma by very faint white spots down her dorsal (back) side and a notch out of her dorsal fin.
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Daily Presentations:
2:30pm (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat) – Shark Training

Presentation times are subject to change.

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Shark Pass


Sea Cavern

Shipwreck Alley

(Underwater Views)

Animal Encounter

Shark Encounter

Get up-close on a platform to assist with feeding and target training our two nurse sharks.


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