Lemon Shark
Lemon Shark
Scientific Name : Negaprion brevirostris Size : 240 cm – 340 cm Average Life Expectancy : 25 years

Lemon Shark

The lemon shark, which can reach 3.5 meter in length, has a pretty magnificent appearance and stands out with its light yellowish/brownish skin tone, is a popular species living in the tropical and subtropical areas of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. These animals spread over an area that stretches from New Jersey (USA) to Brazil and are mostly seen around coral reefs, in gulfs or in shallow waters near the shore.

The lemon shark is a social species and generally lives in groups with a hierarchy ruled by gender and size. It has been seen that they also hunt in groups. The lemon shark usually eats crustaceans, mollusks and other fish but it has also been witnessed that they eat smaller sharks.

Lemon sharks mate in the spring and summer months and they can migrate hundreds of kilometers in order to reach their mating areas. Their average life expectancy is 25 years.

Where can it be seen?

You can see the lemon shark in the Mid-Atlantic Back, Western Atlantic, Panama and Pacific Areas of Istanbul Akvaryum.

Did you know?

  • The reason why these species received their name lemon shark are the yellow/brown tones on their back, which enables them to effectively camouflage in the sandy areas at the bottom of the sea.
  • A horizontal band lies in the middle of the retinas of lemon sharks. This gives them the ability to see more details and clear colors under water.
  • Lemon sharks usually rest during the day and become more active during the nights and morning hours.
  • Even if they generally live in saltwater, they have also been seen in river mouths.