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Rare footage shows elusive Greenland shark

March 1, 2018 | Comment icon 9 comments



Greenland sharks can grow up to 4.8 meters long. Image Credit: YouTube / Brynn Devine
Two scientists have succeeded in recording very rare footage of the notoriously elusive Greenland shark.
One of the world's largest extant shark species, the Greenland shark, which as its name suggests can be found in the waters of the North Atlantic, is also one of the most mysterious and elusive.

Thought to live for hundreds of years, these denizens of the deep sea are rarely seen and even more rarely captured on camera in their natural habitat, making this new footage something special indeed.
It was recorded by researchers Brynn Devine and Jonathan Fisher from the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland during a population distribution study.

Capturing the footage involved deploying cameras baited with squid over two consecutive summers.

The video below was filmed in the waters of Admiralty Inlet on northern Baffin Island, Canada.



Source: Dive Magazine | Comments (9)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Unfortunately 4 years ago
They're fascinating and beautiful creatures considering they're so elusive and can live for hundreds of years. I hope we can continue to admire them from a distance without damaging their way of life. 
Comment icon #2 Posted by flabbins 4 years ago
I've seen lots of footage?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Unfortunately 4 years ago
I'm fairly sure the 'elusive' part is due to it having not been caught on film until 1995 (plus a further 15-20 years before one was filmed in the wild). 
Comment icon #4 Posted by flabbins 4 years ago
Jeremy Wade caught one on River Monsters?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Unfortunately 4 years ago
I'm just going to assume you didn't read my post. Lol. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by flabbins 4 years ago
I didn't watch Jeremy Wade Live I'm pretty sure it was on some sort of media.  
Comment icon #7 Posted by Unfortunately 4 years ago
Hmm. Why do I get the feeling this conversation doesn't appear to be working properly. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Kismit 4 years ago
Of all the sharks, this is my favorite.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Catamber 4 years ago
I did not even know that sharks are swimming in such cold waters


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