Large, stout shark with a short, flattened bluntly-pointed snout; dorsal, pelvic and anal fins of similar size; jaws with rows of large sharp, slender teeth. Greyish-brown above, paler below, sometimes with scattered spots or blotches. To 3.2 m.
Slow-swimming sharks that feed on fishes, mostly near the bottom. They are very rare in Victorian waters. In the past, Grey Nurse Sharks were indiscriminately killed, including during the latter half of the nineteenth century in Victoria when a bounty was placed on them. Although considered harmless, Grey Nurse Sharks could attack and should never be provoked.
From shallow coastal waters to a depth of 190 m.
Although not usually considered dangerous to humans, has the potential to bite.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Data Deficient
- EPBC Act 1999 : Vulnerable
- IUCN Red List : Vulnerable