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The majestic western Atlantic waters that surround Bimini Bahamas house an abundance of species that have gone through extensive research over the years Among the wide variety of animals located in the shallow coastal waters surrounding the chain of mangrove-fringed islands known as Bimini is the lemon shark Feldheim et al 2002 The lemon shark or Negaprion Brevirostris as the scientific community knows it uses the shallow lagoon created by the islands every spring as a nursery for pups as well as a mating site Bimini 2004 Reproduction has been a main topic of interest in Bimini since extensive research began in 1995 and has continued to intrigue scientists through the years DiBattista et al 2008 Lemon shark reproduction is particularly studied in Bimini because they are plentiful in the area viviparous and they practice polyandry Guttridge et al 2009Every spring the lagoon created by the Bimini islands fills with new mother lemon sharks their pups females ready to mate and a few sexually mature males It was found that over a five-year period 897 lemon sharks were sampled for a study in the breeding biology of lemon sharks in this particular nursery expressing how bountiful the lagoon is Feldheim et al 2002 The almost 900 lemon sharks are not the only occupants of these waters The Ginglymostoma Cirratum or nurse shark also populate the area during their early lives Guttridge et al 2009 Its surprising that with so many sharks in one area that there are rarely disputes over territory supporting the theory that lemon sharks are social creatures However it has been found that even though paths may cross often in the open waters the different species prefer to interact with conspecifics rather than intermingle especially during juvenile years Guttridge et al 2009 But even with the differing shark types if there were a nurse shark present a young lemon shark would be drawn to them and not remaining unaccompaniedNot only do
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