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Encounter with the Greenland shark

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Published on Feb 16, 2011

It seems this footage is from the first time a living Greenland shark in its natural habitat is captured on video.

Since I was a child I am fascinated by this animal, after reading it's big and living in the arctic waters.

The Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) can grow to more than 7 metres, which makes it even larger in lenght than the Great White. It lives in the polar waters of the Atlantic Ocean, though it also appears more to the south. It's teeth are small but razor sharp. In fact, in the past the Inuit used it for cutting off hair. The Greenland shark is closely related to the Pacific sleeper shark (sominosus pacificus).

It's a mysterious shark. The biggest mystery appeared when people examined their stomach contents and found the remains of seals, a polar bear and a reindeer. Presently biologist believe those animals were dying or already dead before the shark encountered them. But it's just a theory; the truth could be surprisingly different!

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