Lemon Shark

Common Name: Lemon Shark
Scientific Name: Negaprion brevirostris


The Lemon shark belongs to one of the largest families of sharks, the requiem sharks. This family includes many of the better known sharks including the tiger shark, the blacktip shark, the bull shark, sandbar shark and blue shark. It is interesting that a requiem is a hymn or mass for the dead. Several of these sharks are reported to be responsible for "shark attacks."

The yellowish color on its sides gives the lemon shark its name. It is a common shark along the southeast coast of the United States.


It eats mainly bony fish but will also eat shrimp, crabs and other small sharks.


Lemon sharks grow 6' to 8' in length with a weight exceeding 200 pounds.