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Since lemon sharks can be kept in tanks, scientists often use them to do shark experiments. When lemon sharks are young, they eat small fish, sea worms and shrimps. As they get older, they feed on seabirds, rays and lobsters. Lemon sharks have been found with stings from stingrays embedded in their mouths. There are over 30 different species of houndsharks. 5 m long. Most types of houndsharks live on shallow seabeds, feeding on shellfish, crabs and lobsters. Instead of sharp biting teeth, most houndsharks have flat teeth used for crushing their prey.
No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transferred by any other means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the copyright holder. net Contents All about sharks Spikes and spines Shark shapes Shark vision Shark sizes Sensing sounds Inside a shark Touch and taste Bendy bones Sensing smells Shark skin The sixth sense Tails and fins Smart sharks How sharks breathe Loners and groups How sharks swim Communication Shark teeth Meeting and mating What sharks eat Shark eggs How sharks hunt Shark young Filter-feeding Growing up Scavenging Shark companions Lighting up Where sharks live Staying safe Sharks at home Sharks in disguise Long-distance travel Types of sharks Greenland sharks Great white sharks Dwarf and pygmy sharks Mako sharks Cookie-cutter sharks Thresher sharks Prickly and bramble sharks Sand tiger sharks Carpet sharks Porbeagle sharks Wobbegongs Basking shark Nurse sharks Goblin sharks Blind sharks Crocodile sharks Tawny and zebra sharks Megamouth sharks Whale sharks Tiger sharks Hornsharks Bull sharks Angel sharks Blue sharks Saw sharks White-tip sharks Frilled sharks Black-tip sharks Shark relatives Hammerhead sharks Rays Bonnethead sharks Types of rays Lemon sharks Sawfish Houndsharks Skates Weasel sharks and catsharks Chimaeras Dogfish sharks Sharks and humans More uses of sharks Fear of sharks Shark tourism Shark attacks Sharks in captivity Survival stories Sharks in trouble Shark safety Endangered species Dangerous sharks Saving sharks Harmless sharks Shark myths and legends Shark fishing Shark beliefs and folklore Sharks as food Sharks in art, books and films Shark science Shark fossils Shark scientists Shark discoveries and mysteries Studying sharks Shark records Early sharks Sharks are a type of fish.
Sharks’ eggs are enclosed in protective egg cases. The egg cases come in many shapes, including tubes, spirals and pillow shapes. When the female first lays her eggs, their cases are soft, but when they come in contact with the seawater, they get harder. Like a chicken’s egg, a shark egg contains a yolk that feeds the baby as it grows bigger. Inside the egg, a shark baby grows for between six and ten months before hatching. You can sometimes find empty shark eggcases washed up on beaches. They’re known as ‘mermaid’s purses’.