Old Man Sharkey

19 Feb

Greenland Shark from National GeographicWhile doing some research, I came across a few odd facts regarding the Greenland Shark that I wanted to pass on. For example: no one is really sure of their exact lifespan, but wikipedia presents the general consensus:

The Greenland shark is known to be long-lived, with an estimated maximum life span of over 200 years.

No worries though – this old fellow, despite being nearly blind from a parasite eating its corneas, has a meal plan:

This shark has a bioluminescent ( glowing ) copepods attached to the Greenland shark’s corneas. This may attract curious prey to the shark’s head. – aasharks.com

He’s also a bit of a grump, and doesn’t take guff from any hooligan polar bears who may want to play on his front lawn.

Scientists researching how far sharks hunt seals in the Arctic were stunned in June to find part of the jaw of a young polar bear in the stomach of a Greenland shark, a species that favours polar waters. – dailymail.co.uk

I see a movie deal on SyFy in this guy’s future.Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus

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3 Responses to “Old Man Sharkey”

  1. dePi February 19, 2011 at 14:02 #

    The doctor AND Urkel… how have I not watched this?

    • JRD Skinner February 19, 2011 at 14:08 #

      It’s a pretty easy find in Walmart discount bins.

      • bmj2k February 19, 2011 at 18:26 #

        Eh, its no Sharktapus.

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