Characteristics and Behavior:
Lemon Sharks are medium-sized sharks known for their pale yellow to olive-green coloration, which resembles the vibrant hue of a lemon. They have a robust body, a broad, rounded snout, and two dorsal fins of nearly equal size. These sharks are highly social and often seen in groups, displaying inquisitive and non-aggressive behavior towards humans.
- Lemon Sharks are primarily found in warm, shallow waters along the Atlantic coast of the Americas, including the western Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
- They are commonly associated with coastal habitats, including coral reefs, seagrass beds, and sandy bottoms. Lemon Sharks often venture into estuaries and mangrove areas.
- Florida's extensive coastline, including the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, provides important habitat for Lemon Sharks.
- Lemon Sharks have an average lifespan of around 20 to 25 years.
- They reach sexual maturity at 6 to 7 years of age, and females are known for giving birth to live pups.
- The gestation period lasts for 12 months, with litters typically containing 4 to 17 pups. Lemon Sharks invest a considerable amount of time in protecting and caring for their young.
- Pioneering Research Subjects: Lemon Sharks have been the focus of numerous scientific studies, particularly regarding their behavior and sensory perception. They are known for their excellent navigational abilities.
- Non-aggressive Nature: Despite their imposing appearance, Lemon Sharks are typically considered non-aggressive and are often sought after by divers and researchers for close encounters.
- Economically Important: Lemon Sharks are of economic importance in the commercial and recreational fishing industries, particularly in Florida, where they are prized by anglers.
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