Species at Risk: Lemon shark
The lemon shark is found down to a depth of about 90 meters, but pups remain in shallow water for several years. Lemon sharks are known to withstand changes in salinity and can even be found in fresh water.
Young lemon sharks rely on protected coastal areas, which act as nurseries and are being degraded at an alarming rate. Lemon sharks are considered “Near Threatened” by the IUCN.
Oceana and actress January Jones participated in lemon shark research at the Bimini Biological Field Station in February 2009. (Go to www.oceana.org/scaredforsharks for more information.)