World’s Oldest Lemon Shark Passes Away at Plymouth Aquarium

Citron, the world’s oldest-known lemon shark, has died of old age at Plymouth’s National Marine Aquarium.

  • Lemon shark Citron was 40 years old.
  • He arrived in Plymouth in 2016 from the Netherlands’ Emmen Zoo.
  • Citron lived in the National Marine Aquarium’s Atlantic Ocean exhibit.

Earlier this week, the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth said a sad goodbye to its senior lemon shark, Citron. Citron (pictured above) was 40 years old, making the National Marine Aquarium’s much-loved lemon shark the oldest-known example in the world. Lemon sharks typically live to around 25.

Citron arrived at Plymouth’s convervation-focused National Marine Aquarium in 2016. Having been transferred from Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen in the Netherlands, the record-breaking lemon shark spent the next seven years happily residing in the Devon-based public aquarium’s Atlantic Ocean exhibit.

A statement issued by the National Marine Aquarium on Wednesday, June 28th, said that it was with a heavy heart that they must announce the passing of Citron, their beloved lemon shark. They went on to explain how Citron’s majestic presence had left a mark on all who had the privilege of witnessing him.

Both in the UK and the Netherlands, Citron served as a powerful ambassador for his species. During his long life, he educated and inspired countless people about the importance of shark conservation.

The National Marine Aquarium, in the so-called Ocean City of Plymouth, is the UK’s largest public aquarium. The popular attraction is a proud part of the Ocean Conservation Trust, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the ocean.