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The lemon shark (Negaprion brevirostris), is a 10 foot (3 m) shark that lives mainly along the subtropical and tropical parts of the Atlantic coast of North and South America. The species also lives in French Polynesia. Lemon sharks are a popular choice for study by scientists. That’s because they survive well in captivity. Other shark species, such as great whites, on the other hand, die in captivity because of food refusal.
Lemon sharks are viviparous, meaning that females giving birth to between 4-17 young every other year. They birth in warm and shallow lagoons, where the young remain until they grow larger. With increasing size, the sharks venture further away from their birth place. At maturity, they leave shallow water and move into deeper waters offshore. However, little is known of this life stage. That’s because these sharks can be extremely aggressive and protective if young sharks are around.
Shark diving and photography are incredible experiences. The best locations in the world to photograph lemon sharks are in the Bahamas with liveaboard dive operators.