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Sharks have a mystique about them that is compelling. Sharing their environment is an honor. Underwater researchers and photographers come from all over the world to see Florida’s unique concentration of lemon sharks. Why lemon sharks choose this area isn’t fully understood—and it isn’t due to baiting, but typically in January the lemons arrive in groups and congregate in one or two main areas. But hurry, they tend to be gone again by the middle of March.

Lemon Shark Fast Facts

  • Lemon sharks earn their name due to the pale yellow-brown hue to their skin
  • A mature lemon shark typically measures in at 10.5 feet by age twelve
  • Their average age is 27+ years
  • They give birth to live young and their litters range in size from 4-17 pups.
  • Each pup is about 2 feet long.
  • Lemons feed on bony fishes, crustaceans, mollusks, rays, small sharks, and the occasional sea bird.
  • Like all sharks, lemons frequently lose teeth. There is no prohibition against collecting shark teeth, and sharp-eyed divers can find these souvenirs along the reefs and in the surrounding sand.
  • Lemon sharks can live in both salt and fresh water (but they tend not to venture too far upstream in freshwater environments)

Sharks have been in the water far longer than humans have been on land and we have sharks to thank for the abundance of marine life we see on our dives. As apex predators, sharks contribute to the overall health of the marine ecosystem. Their presence is the clue that the fishes and animals further down the food chain are at sustainable levels—and when a species is nearing depletion, sharks adapt by targeting more plentiful species. Sadly, many shark species are deemed critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable. The biggest threat to their populations comes from overfishing.

We get it. Maybe you watched a certain shark film that convinced you not to go into the water, but often our fear is based on a lack of understanding. If encountering a large marine animal makes you nervous, consider taking a Shark Specialty course. This one-day course starts in the classroom, where a dive instructor discusses the myths and realities regarding sharks. Learn how to identify the different species that frequent our waters and how to evaluate their behavior. In the afternoon, hop on the boat for two guided dives with your instructor. By the end of the day, you’ll not only have a new certificate, but we bet you’ll be a shark advocate, too. And here’s a fun fact, Peter Benchley, the author of Jaws, is a shark advocate who likes to remind people his book was fiction.

While planning your travels, here are a couple of things to consider. Traveling to Jupiter, Florida is easy. If you’re flying, Palm Beach International Airport is about 40 minutes from the shop and we’re minutes off Interstate-95. An abundance of lodging, restaurants, and other tourist activities will ensure that even the non-divers in the family have something enjoyable to do (but honestly, it won’t be as awesome as diving with lemon sharks…).

Oh, one more thing…there will be plenty of sun, surf, and sand too. What are you waiting for? Book now to start your adventure!

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