Negaprion brevirostris

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Lemon shark (Negaprion brevirostris)

The lemon shark is a stocky and powerful shark. A member of the family Carcharhinidae, lemon sharks can grow to 3.0 m in length. They are often found in shallow subtropical waters and are known to inhabit and return to specific nursery sites for breeding. Lemon sharks are found from New Jersey to southern Brazil in the tropical western Atlantic Ocean. They also live off the coast of west Africa in the southeastern Atlantic. Often feeding at night, these sharks use electroreceptors to find their main source of prey, fish. Lemon sharks use the many benefits of group living such as enhanced communication, courtship, predatory behavior, and protection. It is considered Near Threatened by the IUCN red list. Lemon sharks are not thought to be a large threat to humans.

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Drew some shark’s teeth for my friend Martha’s poetry chapbook.

Left to right, top to bottom:
1. Nurse shark  (Ginglymostoma cirratum)
2. Sand tiger shark  (Carcharias taurus)
3. Tiger shark  (Galeocerdo cuvier)
4. Bull shark  (Carcharhinus leucas)
5. Lemon shark  (Negaprion brevirostris)
6. Mako shark  (Isurus oxyrinchus)

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As if sharks couldn’t get any cooler…Laser Sharks!

Laser manufacturer, Wicked Lasers collaborated with Luke Tipple to test new underwater clips and attachments. The result? A Lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris, fully equipped with low-powered lasers.

Even better, “You can get a very clear description, via the laser, of what the shark’s body is doing.” - Luke Tipple