Pacific Sleeper sharks are pretty cool in that their livers? Have no squalene! Instead, they’re filled with low-density oils called “DAGE” (Diacyl glyceryl etherand) “TAG” (Triacylglycerol). And like other deep sea sharks, they have no urea in its tissues, but have a high concentration of “TMAO" (Trimethylamine oxide).
“Or, you know, you can take smaller bites to not choke.”
But where’s the fun in that? Let me live on the edge! If I die by chocolate cake, at least it’s a sweet death (let that be on my tombstone… or a plaque by the coral reef my ashes will be spread on). Off topic.
Not to mention that Grey Whales (Eschrichtius robustus) litter the ocean floor, allowing for these sharks to feast on a bounty of blubber, protein and yummy goodness that sharks need to grow up big and strong. And with a large olfactory bulb, these sharks definitely can sniff these stinkin’ whales out.
As for the reproductive lives of these mysterious animals, that also is shrouded in darkness as nothing is really known. Since they’re dogfish, it can be assumed that they are ovoviviparous, but there is nothing is concrete (especially gestation period). It’s thought that litters are comprised of 10 pups.
Orcas off British Columbia love dining on these deep-watered delicacies. Yummy yummy in the whale tummy, right?
As you can probably guess, they are listed by the IUCN as Data Deficient (DD). And with that, I’ll leave y’all so you don’t hear any of my hilarious jokes anymore.
(Please, a pity laugh? Is that too much to ask for?)
Is the Giant Pacific Sleeper Shark one of the sharks on your "Must see" bucket list?