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Lemon sharks go on display at Plymouth's National Marine Aquarium

Two lemon sharks have gone on display at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. Credit: ITV News

Two large lemon sharks have gone on display at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.

The male and female sharks are over two and a half metres long and are the oldest lemon sharks in Europe.

They are now being kept in the Atlantic Ocean tank but are still being kept separated after being in quarantine since arriving from the Netherlands last November.

The sharks are two and a half metres long and among the oldest in Europe. Credit: ITV News

7 Facts about Lemon Sharks

  • Their name comes from their colour - a distinctive yellow shade
  • They have a magnetic sensor in their nose which helps in attracting prey and finding mates
  • There have been 22 reported attacks by lemon sharks on humans but in every case the victim has survived
  • They have curved - rather than straight - teeth, allowing them to catch slippery fish
  • They are found along the Southeast and West coasts of the US, the Central American coast, throughout the Gulf of Mexico, and as far as West Africa
  • They eat fish and small prey that can't put up much of a fight
  • Conservation Status: near threatened
Lemon sharks have a magnetic sensor in their nose to attract prey. Credit: ITV News