Fond of warm, shallow waters, schools of lemon sharks swim along the shores of south and southwestern Florida. Unlike the great white shark, lemon sharks don't need to swim constantly to breathe and will often lie on the sandy ocean floor during the day. At night they hunt for squid, small fish, sting rays and sea birds. Named for the yellowish tint in their skin, they can grow up to 11 feet long and can be dangerous if provoked. They usually weigh in between 100 and 200 pounds.
Because they are common, easy to find and not too aggressive, they are a favorite species among the scientists who study sharks. A Lemon shark in captivity has lived 25 years, and it is suspected that Lemon sharks could live upwards of 125 years. This is a migrant shark that returns each year to the shores of Florida to breed.