Lemon Sharks | SHARK ACADEMY

Lemon Sharks | SHARK ACADEMY

November 8, 2019 65 By Kody Olson


It doesn’t look like a citrus fruit, but this
shark is a real lemon! I’m Jonathan Bird and this is Shark Academy! The Lemon shark gets its name from the yellowish
color of its skin—it actually has nothing to do with citrus fruit. Although the Lemon
shark reaches ten feet long—fairly sizeable for a shark—there have only been a handful
of bites on humans, and none have been fatal. One of the distinctive characteristics about
Lemon sharks is that they have two dorsal fins that are almost exactly the same size.
Almost every shark has two dorsal fins, but they’re not always exactly the same size. The Lemon shark lives in shallow tropical
waters, and has pointy teeth designed for grabbing slippery prey like fish. It prefers
to eat at night but it has a large number of cones in its retina, meaning that the Lemon
shark has extremely acute color vision. Nobody’s quite sure why. Lemon sharks are often seen resting on the
bottom. Some people think they actually are resting on the bottom, while other people
think that they are laying still so the cleaner fish can do their jobs. Well, that’s Lemon sharks, and if you don’t
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