Vegetarian Shark: Florence, Nurse Shark, the World’s First Vegetarian Shark (Photo)

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Last 2009, a 6-foot-long shark named Florence made headlines by becoming the first shark to undergo ‘out of water’ surgery to remove a rusty fish hook in her jaw. After her fast and remarkable recovery, the nurse shark was put on exhibit at the Birmingham National Sea Life Center in England.

According to Florence handlers, the nurse shark started ignoring meat and love eating heads of lettuce and other vegetables.

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Florence the Nurse Shark,  World’s First Vegetarian Shark
Image Credit: Birmingham National Sea Life Centre

Graham Burrows of the Sea Life Center, said in a press release that caretakers have had to find other ways of getting Florence proteins and nutrients missing from her vegetarian diet.

“We’re having to hide pieces of fish inside celery sticks, hollowed out cucumbers and between the leaves of lettuces to get her to eat them,” Burrows said. “And it has to be well hidden, because if she realizes it’s there she’ll ignore the offering and wait for the strictly vegetarian option.”

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Florence the World’s First Vegetarian Shark eating head of lettuce 
Image Credit: Birmingham National Sea Life Centre

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