Shark (Lemon)


The Lemon shark ⁤(Negaprion brevirostris) is a well-known species from the Carcharhinidae family, the largest family ‌of sharks.

Conservation Status

Status Conservation Efforts
Near Threatened Protected in Florida and Bahamas waters


Length (Average, Range) Weight (Average, Range) Average Lifespan
3.1 m, 0.6-4 m 90 kg, 20-200 kg 27 years


This species ⁣of shark is commonly found along the coastlines of several regions and countries, including the Atlantic coast of North and ⁤South⁤ America, the Pacific coast of Central America, and around the islands of the Caribbean. The sharks are known to migrate ⁢to warmer waters during the winter ‍months.


Water Type Depth Range Temperature Range
Salty and Brackish 0-92 m 21-31°C

When and Where to See

Lemon sharks are typically seen during⁤ the summer months and particularly during dusk and dawn.>

Best Fishing Locations

  • Gulf ⁤of‌ Mexico
  • Florida coast
  • Bahamas
  • Brazillian coast
  • Guyana

People report the most sightings of lemon sharks near shorelines and in ⁤shallow water. Look for them around reef formations as well⁤ as sandy flats.

How to Catch

The best time to catch a lemon shark is during their peak feeding hours, which typically ‌occur around ⁢sunrise and sunset. Fishermen often use large, oily fish as bait, but lures can also be effective. Chumming the water is also a popular strategy to attract these sharks.

Identification Guide

Lemon sharks ​stand out because of their sharp, broad head and their yellow-brown to olive-gray colour. They also have a white belly, two dorsal fins of similar size, and a⁤ long, blunt snout

Culinary Information

While not as popular as other seafood, lemon shark meat can be used in various recipes. It has a ⁢mild, sweet flavour similar to scallops. It needs to be soaked in milk for a few hours‌ before cooking to remove⁤ any potentially‌ strong flavours.

Additional Information

Lemon ​sharks primarily⁣ feed on a variety of fish and crustaceans. Despite their size, they pose little threat to humans. Female lemon sharks have a two-year reproductive cycle and give birth to live​ young.

References and Further Reading

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