Lemon Shark

Lemon Shark Lemon Shark

What does a lemon shark look like?

As our lemon shark pictures demonstrate, this aptly named species boasts the same stocky build as the bull shark, whilst its plain grey skin reflects the light to create a tanned yellow colouring, similar in appearance to the surface of a lemon.

How big is a Lemon Shark and where can I see one?

The largest lemon shark ever recorded was listed as 13ft in length, whilst most grow to a slightly more modest size of 8-10 ft. The lemon sharks diet is incredibly uniform, resulting in an equally uniform weight, and if you want to see more than just pictures of lemon sharks, we suggest you enjoy the infamous bathing coves of what has become known as 'Lemon Shark Cape Verde’.

What is the Lemon Sharks habitat?

Mainly located along the Souteastern coast of the United States, the Lemon sharks’ habitat is influenced by their need for warmer waters, with their migration pattern following along the mostly tropical waters of the Pacific islands. However, they have been known to travel exceptional distances in order to find a mate to breed with, a trend which continues to baffle marine biologists to this day.

Lemon Shark Teeth

Lemon Shark Attacks and their impact on Humans

Since 1580, only 22 lemon shark attacks have been reported, with none resulting in death. So, is the lemon shark dangerous? Well, yes and no; whilst it clearly garners less attention than the Hollywood inspired terror surrounding great white shark attacks, lemon shark behaviour shows the species to be easily provoked. When sharks attack and why sharks attack has always been a key interest of debate, yet the Lemon Shark is thought to attack humans out of fear, rather than aggression.

However, the shark movies cannot detract from the extensive research we have been able to carry out on the lemon shark. It ability to survive in captivity has allowed the likes of Samuel Gruber at the University of Miami to obtain detailed Lemon Shark facts since 1967, with the dense population surrounding the western Bahamas’ Bimini Islands being located directly beside his longstanding laboratory, where he continues to host the only known nursery for baby lemon sharks.

The Future of the Lemon Shark

Whilst lemon shark information is readily available thanks to the work of Samuel Gruber, more research is needed into the breeding habits of this species and with the rapid decline of their numbers in recent years, more work is needed to ensure that we left with more than just memories to be enjoyed through our wide collection of wonderful lemon shark videos.

 

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