And while the shark will definitely not be seeing as well as they normally do out of that eye (or eyes, if truly unlucky), the copepod is bioluminescent and that may attract fish to this little lure, providing sustenance to its host. Makes sense, no, to keep the host alive?
“I’m sorry, did you say polar bears?”
Yup. Right out of the Coca Cola ads… minus scarf and bottle.
They eat horses, as well. Not the “My little Pony” kind, but yeah. Well, at least chunks and pieces of horses and polar bears have been found in their stomachs. In fact, one of these sharks in fact ate a whole reindeer- antlers and all (I promise a replacement reindeer has been found, my friends, do not despair little children who celebrate Christmas).
No red nose, though. And a moose! That too!
Like the other sleeper shark, not much is known about reproduction- except that they retain their embryos and give live birth to about 10 pups, after an unknown gestation period.
These animals are listed as Near Threatened (NT) by the IUCN. These sharks are sometimes caught as bycatch, but sometimes to be eaten! Now, don’t get me wrong: the flesh of the Greenland shark (and that of the Pacific sleeper shark) is toxic, in that (warning: science words coming your way) trimethlamine oxide breaks down to trimethylamine once digested… which is basically like being super drunk x10. So, don’t eat this fresh! But, you CAN eat it when it’s been boiled (excessively), dried or fermented to produce a delicacy known as “Kæstur Hákarl” in Iceland/Greenland.
No offense, but I’ll pass. Now let me go grab a chocolate chip cookie… now that is appetizing.
What's something new you learned about the Greenland shark from this post?