A Deadly Hunter with a Fruity Name: The Lemon Shark
by Emily Bautista, age 13
The lemon shark is one of nearly 400 known species of sharks. Its length can be up to 10 feet and five inches, with its weight ranging between 265 to 330 pounds. The lemon shark's skin has a yellow tint, which gives the species its name. Its skin is covered in teeth-like scales known as denticles and it has the possibility to live at least 50 years.
Their usual diet is fish, including other sharks, rays, squid, and crustaceans. In fact, the lemon shark is a deadly hunter. The snouts of lemon sharks help them locate their prey by sensing electrical impulses. These sharks also have very sharp teeth that grow from the back to the front of their jaw. Their teeth are always growing to replace teeth that wear out or break.
Lemon sharks begin mating around the age of 12. Their gestation period, which is their pregnancy, usually lasts about 10 to 12 months. The breeding period for lemon sharks starts in early spring and summer. They give birth to about five to 19 pups. The lemon shark can be found on the coasts of North and South America, the Caribbean islands, and parts of the western coast of Africa.
The lemon shark has many awesome features that make it such an amazing sea creature. The lemon shark is an important part of the shark family.
The Encyclopedia of North American Animals