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Lemon shark

Posted on: March 11, 2010

Above the Lemon shark

1. The lemon shark is found mainly along the subtropical and tropical parts of the Atlantic coast of North and South America and around Pacific Islands. The longest lemon shark recorded was 13 ft long but they are usually 8 to 10 ft (3.0 m). They like tropical water and like to stay at moderate depths.

2. Lemon sharks females giving birth to between 4 and 17 pups every other year in warm and shallow lagoons. The young pups have to fend for themselves and remain in shallow water near shallow water until they grow larger. At maturity at a size of 1.5 to 2 m and an age of 12 to 15 years they leave shallow water and move into deeper waters offshore. However little is known of this life stage. Maximum recorded length and weight is 340 cm and 183 kg.

3. Lemon sharks are a popular choice for study by scientists as they survive well in captivity, unlike many other species. The species is the best known of all sharks in terms of behaviour and ecology. There have been 22 known lemon shark attacks since 1580 with no deaths.

4. Lemon sharks are bottom dwellers but have very poor eyesight and cannot see well to find their food. However, they are have extremely sensitive and accurate sensors in the nose to find food.

All of this info is from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemon_shark

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