Mysterious giant sharks may be everywhere

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Mysterious Giant Sharks May Be Everywhere


Giant sharks living in the cold waters near Greenland? Seems a little strange doesn't it?

But, in reality one of the ocean's largest sharks lives here. Nicknamed the sleeper shark, Greenland sharks are very slow moving and mostly blind. The Greenland sharks are second in size only to the massive great white shark. They can be more than 20 feet long and weigh up to 2,500 pounds.

The shark is an opportunistic feeder, eating just about anything that falls off the ice from reindeer to polar bears. They're the only sharks that can bear frigid arctic temperatures year round.

But, scientists say they may actually live beyond the cold waters of Iceland, Greenland and Canada. Anywhere on earth that's cold enough and deep enough.

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Greenland sleeper shark, Somniosus microcephalus and divers, St. Lawrence River estuary, Canada
Greenland sleeper shark, Somniosus microcephalus and divers, St. Lawrence River estuary, Canada
ICELAND - JUNE 30: Lithograph by Schmelz after Bevalet pere. Illustration from �Voyage en Islande et au Groenland publie par ordre du Roi sous la direction de M Paul Gaimard� by Eugene Robert (1806-1879), published in Paris in 1851. The book, in English �Voyage to Iceland and Greenland published by order of the King under the direction of Mr Paul Gaimard�, is an account of a scientific expedition. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
Greenland Sleeper Shark, Somniosus microcephalus, and diver. St. Lawrence River estuary, Canada. Wild & unrestrained shark. (MR) (374)
Greenland Sleeper Shark, Somniosus microcephalus, swimming over field of plumose anemones, Metridium senile. Parasitic Copepod, Ommatokoita elongata, attached to eye. St. Lawrence River estuary, Canada.
GREENLAND SHARK, SOMNIOSUS MICROCEPHALUS, IN SHALLOW WATER, DEAD. COPEPOD STILL ATTACHED TO EYE.
Greenland Sharks, Baffin Island, Canada, 1996
Greenland Shark Swim, Greenland, 1998
Greenland Shark, Baffin Island, Canada, 1996
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