Greenland Shark Attack?

Today I heard about an encounter between a human and a shark. The animal was a Greenland Shark and he attacked the man while he was laying on the water.
What type of shark is the Greenland Shark? Any pictures?

asked by Nathaniel in Other - Pets & Animals | 9583 views | 08-09-2009 at 01:07 AM

The Greenland shark, one of the largest species of sharks, is a nuisance to fishermen and its meat is toxic to humans.
The shark, also known as the sleeper shark, gurry shark, ground shark, grey shark, or by the Inuit Eqalussuaq, is a large shark native to the waters of the North Atlantic Ocean around Greenland and Iceland.
The Greenland Shark is the largest member of the dogfish family, growing to over 20' in length.


This shark prefers cold-water temperatures and will usually only ascend from the depths if the surface drops to around 33 degrees Fahrenheit. This species is often inactive and indeed appears to be sleeping. As its name indicates, the Greenland shark is found around Greenland, but it also exists in other parts of the North Atlantic, such as near Iceland. Life may seem to be lonely in the ocean depths, but this shark often is found with a "best friend forever," a parasitic copepod that lives on the shark's eye and feasts on its corneal tissue. While the shark does suffer some damage, the relationship affords benefits. The parasite is bioluminescent. Its glow helps the shark to attract prey, similar to how a colorful fishing lure may attract fish.

Fish constitute the largest portion of the Greenland shark's diet. They may also consume large sea mammals, such as seals. If something looks like food, however, this shark will gobble it down. Some Greenland shark stomachs have contained pieces of horses and polar bears. One shark even consumed an entire reindeer, antlers and all.

answered by Anna | 08-09-2009 at 01:10 AM

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