Last time I wrote about us not shooting Nurse Shark.
That does not mean that others think the same.
Six years ago when I just started spearfishing in Cozumel island, I joined a couple of locals every other day. Over here local people are called Cozumeleños. It taught me a lot what to do, but also let me realize me what not to do. It was like an education with good and bad elements in it.
Far before we as SpearfishingToday were into finding the exact knowledge of what is legally possible to shoot for dinner, I relied on knowledge and habits of locals. I assumed that whatever they did was correct.
I witnessed Rays being shot. I witnessed Nurse Sharks being shot and more. All to get dinner on the table.
It was part of my spearfishing eduction. We have good knowledge now what is possible to spear for food and what is not. The rules by law. And we also created our own rules. What we wanna shoot for dinner and what not. Even though it might be possible by law.
So, back to the Nurse Shark. Marketing wise the Nurse Shark is being put in a corner as a very kid friendly animal that you can touch and swim with. No big teeth. Could be. I see the promo videos of the parks. And in the wild indeed you can lay next to a Nurse Shark and put your arm around it without a problem.
Half of its name contains the word Shark. We should not forget that. 1 day back in 2008 I was spearing with a local. He thought he found a Grouper in a cave. He shot it. Gets his spear out of the cave and his catch turned out to be a Nurse Shark. Uff. He came back to the surface. And his disappointment of not having a Grouper disappeared. Now he could tell his friends he shot a shark. The Nurse Shark did not agree being shot. And started to swim and dance around “my friend”. He tried to keep the Nurse Shark away from him. And then the Nurse Shark grabbed him in the upper leg. Very close to, well you know, very close to his manhood. Screaming like a baby, screaming. The Nurse Shark does have teeth. Actually in the same position as other sharks, though way smaller. Designed to crush shells, etc. Anyhow. We were able to take off the Nurse Shark off his leg. It appeared it just “sucked” his leg, it did not take out a piece, no blood involved. I know he did eat the meat, though never shot a Nurse Shark in his life again.
Nurse Shark Cozumel, Part 2 was last modified: June 19th, 2014 by Leo | Founder & Guide
Leo is the founder of Spearfishing Today and also the official representative of the Mexican Spearfishing Association for the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. He is FII certified, speaks English and Spanish and hunts comfortable up to 100ft. Leo is guiding spearfishing trips only on request in all Spearfishing Today locations in Mexico. He only hunts with a polespear and has a very inspiring opinion about freediving and spearfishing. Nickname: Chanoc. Most memorable catch: 27.99 kilo Cubera Snapper with polespear.
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