Baby shark caught in wave action

Two residents exploring the East End coastline on Sunday were surprised to find a baby nurse shark swimming in a tide pool inside the ironshore. 

“We went over to the ironshore, it was in a pretty remote area, [Simon Boxall] saw the nurse shark in the tidal pool, and he called me over, and we both looked at it,” said South Sound resident Chris Bouck, who found the shark just off Pisces Way near Health City Cayman Islands. 

Maggie Baldino, a Department of Environment conservation officer, believes the young shark, probably about three months old, got caught in the rough seas caused by the early cold front over the weekend. 

“The shark was 10 or 15 feet away from the sea, so how it got in the wave pool is a weird thing,” said Ms. Baldino. 

After discovering the young shark, the two residents tried to use some driftwood poles they found on shore to guide the shark out of the water, but they soon realized the task was more difficult than they had anticipated. 

“We looked for some tools available on the shore. We were trying to coax it up into the shallows, then the shark started swimming around fairly frantically back and forth,” said Mr. Bouck. “…We left the shark there and called the Department of Environment.” 

On Monday, Ms. Baldino used a net to scoop up the shark and toss it back into the ocean. 

Wave-Pool

Rough seas over the weekend left a baby nurse shark stranded in this East End tide pool. – PHOTO: DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT