Some of my favorite experiences with lemon sharks were from my trips to Jupiter, Florida. Insane, face to face encounters with these beautiful sharks! Sitting at a safety stop on a controlled shark dive as these sharks swim around you is incredible. It’s thrilling, humbling, and leaves you in awe. There is a lot more to these fascinating dives, which I’ll be writing about in a future post, so check back!
A few fun facts on lemon sharks:
- Lemon Sharks (Negaprion brevirostris) are called lemon sharks because of their distinctive yellow color.
- Lemon sharks use their yellow color to successfully hide in their natural habitat. They are found swimming along the sand at the bottom of the water so they blend in with ease, so they can hide from predators.
- The teeth of a lemon shark are curved. The curving helps them to catch slippery prey like fishes.
- They have magnetic sensors in their nose that allows them to attract prey. They depend on this sense of smell because they have very poor eyesight.
- After a gestation period of 10 to 12 months, pregnant females enter shallow nursery areas in spring and summer to give birth to litters of 4 to 17 pups.