Juvenile lemon sharks are often seen 'hugging' the mangrove trees and roots, especially at high tide. Why? Mainly for protection. @sharksneedlove captured this beautiful image with over 20 newborn sharks surrounding her feet. Over a period of weeks the shark total dropped from 20 to just 6. Why? Predators such as larger sharks and barracuda are the main culprits, however humans still have an impact with Annie spotting fishing hooks caught in their mouths and wedged under their skin. Mangroves are an important nursery ground for these sharks along with stingrays, lobster, conch and an abundance of fish. These special habitats need protecting and we can help. How? Promoting and supporting sealife sanctuaries and MPAs (marine protected areas) are two solid examples of what we can do. How? Be a voice online, an educator or a tourist that supports both. Ecotourism is a great way that we, the general public, can help and contribute towards protecting and saving our wonderful marine life.
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