Nurse sharks at Estuarium

Visitors to the Estuarium at The Sea Lab at Dauphin Island took part in the welcome of a pair of nurse sharks at the facility on Dauphin Island, Ala.

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. -- It was a fun morning at Alabama's coastal aquarium, the Estuarium at The Sea Lab at Dauphin Island.

Two nurse sharks were added to the aquariums, and Saturday brought their welcome party.

Nurse sharks, sometimes called the couch potatoes of the sea, can be found around the world. It’s suggested their name comes from the unusual sucking sound they make while hunting that resembles the suckling of a nursing baby.

The welcome party included a chance for visitors to get their shark questions answered by the shark research team from Mississippi State University and Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.

Hands-on activities also included learning about the shark senses.

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