Not just Shark
Pictures: Elasmodiver contains photos of sharks, skates, rays, and
chimaera's from around the world. Elasmodiver began as a simple web
based shark field guide to help divers find the best places to
encounter the different species of sharks and rays that live in
shallow water but it has slowly evolved into a much larger project
containing information on all aspects of shark diving and shark
There are now
more than 5000 shark pictures and sections on shark evolution,
biology, and conservation. There is a large library of reviewed
shark books, a constantly updated shark taxonomy page, a monster
list of shark links, and deeper in the site there are numerous
articles and stories about shark encounters. Elasmodiver is now so
difficult to check for updates, that new information and pictures
are listed on an Elasmodiver Updates Page that can be accessed here:
yelowish brown body. Fins falcate. Second dorsal fin almost as high as first.
Eyes large. Snout broadly rounded.
length 340cm. Size at birth 56-81cm.
A coastal species. Inshore lagoons, and reef faces near deep water drop offs.
Juveniles stay in areas of mangrove and shallow sand flats.
and distribution: In
the western Atlantic from New Jersey to southern Brazil and in the
eastern Atlantic around west Africa. In the eastern Pacific from Baja to Equador.
a home range of 18-93 square kilometres. May be found solitary or in
aggregations such as the one recently recorded off of eastern Florida. Adult
diet consists mainly of fishes including jacks, catfishes, guitarfishes,
stingrays, and other sharks.
Recorded litter size 4 - 17. Gestation period 10 - 12 months.
Photographs:Tiger Beach, Bahamas.
The lemon shark is fairly easy to identify but is superficially similar to many
Reaction to divers:Not known for its aggressiveness around
divers but should not be molested. Lemon sharks are difficult to approach
closely unless in a chumming situation.
logistics: The best opportunity to dive with
Lemon sharks is probably with Jim Abernethy's Scuba Adventures aboard his
dedicated live-aboard the Shear Water. Jim has a talent for
attracting big sharks and knows some great spots where each species is likely to
seasonal aggregations off of the coast of Florida are a newly recorded
phenomenon that has surprised the shark experts. Jim Abernethy is also on top of
this encounter and should be contacted to find out when the aggregation starts
(mid winter seems to be the time).
Other diving locations submitted by
Sharks and Rays of the World. Scott W. Michael. Sea Challengers.
and Rays - Elasmobranch Guide of the World. Ralf M. Hennemann. IKAN.