Common Name: Greenland Shark, Sleeper Shark, Gurry Shark
Scientific Name: Somniosus microcephalus
Size: Up to 6.4m
Found: North Atlantic
Population Status: Near Threatened (IUCN 2009)
Greenland Sharks are thought to feed on various
types of fish including herring and salmon, invertebrates
and sea birds.
They also feed on marine mammals including seals and
Ovoviviparous - eggs hatch inside the mother and live young
are born. Litters of up to 10 pups have been recorded.
Pups are around 38cm at birth.
The Greenland Shark appears to be a slow growing species. Tagging studies have suggested that some of the adults may grow at a rate of only 1cm per year.
Mostly found in cold waters between 2 - 7 degrees C
Luminescent copepods can be found attached to the sharks eyes. This is thought to possibly attract prey.
A dead Greenland Shark was found with a reindeer in its stomach!