Shark Week Day 2: Lemon Shark (Near Threatened)
The Lemon Shark is known for its yellow-ish color, which benefits it in sandy shore areas that they forge in. Interestingly, Lemon Sharks are hosts to many parasites. They average 8-10 feet long and are not considered a small threat to humans. They live in coastal waters close to swimmers, surfers, and divers. There have been 10 total recorded unprovoked attacks by Lemon Sharks according to the International Shark Attack File. They are common along the coasts in the Atlantic Ocean and they also occur in the Pacific Ocean.
Threats include being caught commercially on longlines. Their meat can be dried, salted, or smoked and their fins are sold at high prices. The Lemon Shark is eaten in the United States, Central America and South America. They are the 13th most common shark to be caught in United States recreational fishing. There are no management/conservation plans for the Lemon Shark.
Information retrieved from IUCN and the Florida Museum.
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