They look like a big man eating shark from their silhouette when cruising on the surface of the water, however the Tawny nurse shark is very mellow, they have poor eyesight as their eyes are tiny ,relying on the whisker like ‘barbels’ which are situated on their top lip. These whiskers help them find food which they suck up like a vacuum cleaner and then macerate it with their teeth.
They are an iconic shark of the Kimberley often hanging around the back of boats at anchorages waiting for the opportunity to scavenge a fish frame. The tiny yellow fish you often see hanging around them are juvenile golden trevally, they hang out with their big shark mate to eat parasites of their skin and leftover food, in return their shark friend protects them against predators. This particular animal came and swam with us at the beach.