A lemon shark splashes at the surface in the Bahamas Islands. The shark’s yellow coloring serves as a perfect camouflage when swimming over the sandy seafloor in its coastal habitat. This species of shark often occupies the subtropical shallow waters of coral reefs, mangroves, enclosed bays, and river mouths; however, lemon sharks have also been found in the open ocean down to depths of 92 meters (301 feet.) Although lemon sharks do swim up rivers, they never seem to travel very far into fresh water. They are found in open water primarily during migrations, and tend to stay along the continental and insular shelves for most of their lives.
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