(Bloch & J.G.Schneider, 1801)
|Common Name||Gurry shark, grey shark, Eqalussuaq (Inuit)|
|Species||• S. microcephalus|
|Conservation Status |
The Greenland Shark is the largest living species of shark, the size comparable to the Great White Shark. These sharks live farther north than any other shark species. Many of the species' adaptations are due to it being the only truly sub-Arctic species of shark. They are closely related to the Pacific sleeper shark.The shark is actually a deep water shark, and lives thousands of feet underwater.
The scientists estimated that Greenland Shark could live up to 200 years old and so far not much are known about them. People know less about this species as no commercial fisheries on the species.
They are apex predator mostly eating fish. Recorded fish have included smaller sharks, skates, eels, herring, redfish, lumpfish and flounders. They may also prey on marine mammals such as seals.
A parasitic worm at their eyes make Greenland Shark actually blind. However, they have impeccable sense of smell and even able to detect vibration. Eyesight probably unneeded as they live in the dark underwater.
|Marine||Marine Habitats • Aquariums • Global Oceans • Ocean Weather
|Vertebrate||Fishes • Mammals • Reptiles • Amphibians • Cartilaginous Fishes • Sharks
|Invertebrate||Arthropod • Mollusca • Echinoderms • Cnidaria
|Conservation Status||Critically Endangered • Endangered • Near Threatened • Vulnerable • Least Concern • Data Deficient • Not Evaluated|