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    LEMON SHARK
    Negaprion brevirostris




                                                                                                    Photo Credit: (c) Doug Perrine
    Habitat
    An abundant, inshore tropical shark that inhabits both estuarine and nearshore waters of
    the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of Florida. Commonly enters estuarine waters and often
    ventures into freshwater areas, but does not penetrate as far up rivers as the Bull shark.
    Migrates southward and into deeper waters in the winter months.

    Feeding
    Feeds on a variety of bony fishes, crustaceans, mollusks, rays, small sharks, and
    occasionally on sea birds.

    Reproduction
    Gives birth to live young. Litters contain 4-17 pups. Size at birth about 2 feet. Utilizes
    shallow bays and coastal lagoons as nursery areas.

    Size/Age
    Maximum size about 10.5 feet. Matures at approximately 11-12 years of age (about 8 feet)
    and is estimated to live 27+ years.

    Human factors
    Constitutes only a small portion of the commercial shark fishery. Does well in captivity,
    with young individuals being favorite subjects for physiological and behavioral studies.
    Has been involved in only a few attacks on humans.
















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