Dive with Lemon Sharks in Jupiter
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Grab your gear, it’s time to scuba dive with lemon sharks in Jupiter! Hopefully the lemons will start arriving for the season, and Jupiter Dive Center will show you where.
All Jupiter Dive Center charters are drift dives, so in addition to your certification card, divers will need to have a surface marker buoy.
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Few underwater encounters spark the imagination as much as seeing a shark while diving. This time of year, lemon sharks migrate from the waters of North and South Carolina and congregate along our reefs in Jupiter. The sharks arrive in groups and favor a few specific locations. They do not bait or feed sharks. Instead, divers and underwater photographers get up close and personal with the sharks in their natural habitat.
A Bit About Lemon Sharks
First, some fast facts:
- A mature lemon sharks typically measures in at 10.5 feet by age twelve
- Their average age is 27+ years
- They give birth to live young and their litters range in size from 4-17 pups.
- Each pup is about 2 feet long.
- Lemons feed on bony fishes, crustaceans, mollusks, rays, small sharks, and the occasional sea bird.
- Like all sharks, lemons frequently lose teeth. There is no prohibition against collecting shark teeth, and sharp-eyed divers can find these souvenirs along the reefs and in the surrounding sand.
- Lemon sharks can live in both salt and fresh water (but they tend not to venture too far upstream in freshwater environments)
In the winter, the waters off Jupiter average around 75 F. This means most divers will feel comfortable in a 5- to 7-mm wetsuit. Dive operators recommend full wetsuits, gloves and hoods as well as the water will be a bit cooler at 85 feet deep (30 m).
The Fear Factor
Not everyone wants to see a shark. We get that. But a fear of sharks is often based on a lack of understanding. Peter Benchley, the author of the 1974 blockbuster novel, Jaws, became a shark conservationist and stressed that the book was fiction. “Sharks don’t target human beings, and they certainly don’t hold grudges.”