Florence in England is the world's first vegetarian shark who loves veggies
by Allyson Koerner
Categories: Animals, Science, Vegetarian.
Photo: Birmingham National Sea Life Center

Who says sharks prefer meat? Yes, most do, but not this special one. Say hello to Florence, the world’s very first vegetarian shark who loves to munch on greens, preferably heads of lettuce.

Florence, a six-foot-long nurse shark, just hasn’t been the same ever since she had surgery three years ago, as she has said no to meat and yes to veggies, Treehugger reports.

When Florence underwent surgery to remove a rusty fishhook from her upper jaw in September 2009 her diet changed dramatically. However, back then she made headlines for her surgery, which is considered the first out of water procedure for a nurse shark. She sure does love the limelight!

Now, she currently resides in England at Birmingham’s National Sea Life Center where she is making quite a stir by only choosing to eat lettuce. Yes, nurse sharks are known for eating algae from time to time, but Florence is swearing off meat all together.

Even though Florence desires vegetables, wildlife specialists say she needs her meat to obtain proper nutrition.

Florence is the world's first vegetarian shark who loves heads of lettuce
“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,” Graham Burrows of Sea Life Center tells Marketing Birmingham. “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.”

You know what they say; women know what they want and so does Florence!

I guess you can say Florence is changing the reputation of sharks worldwide, and in the greenest way possible.

About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner is a graduate from Emerson College where she obtained her Master’s in Print & Multimedia journalism. Passionate about writing, reading and entertainment, she is looking to make her way into the journalism profession.

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