A diver swims alongside a Greenland shark, a rarely-seen species that looks like it has been etched from stone. They can survive for more than 200 years at depths of up to 600 metres under Arctic ice. They grow to long and are so fearsome they hav
Shark that smiles for the cameras: Meet the fearsome creature that eats polar bears and can live until 200
These incredible Greenland Sharks can survive for more than 200 years at depths of up to 600 metres under Arctic ice. Bigger than the notorious great white, they grow to long and are so fearsome they have even been known to eat polar bears.
Types of Sharks: a Mammal or Fish? About Facts and Other Interesting Questions
We don’t know much about what Greenland sharks do, but we do know that whatever they do, they do it painfully slowly – and this results in an astonishingly long lifespan. Peter Bushnell and his colleagues recently published a landmark study in Science that reveals just how long these enigmatic sharks live.
The Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) can grow to 24 feet and thanks to antifreeze elements in its system its meat is poisonous to humans. Photo Credit: NOAA OKEANOS Explorer Program , 2013 Northeast U.