Amazing pictures with the Greenland shark: an animal that can eat polar bears and weighs over one ton

To be honest with you, I had no idea that this shark existed until a few hours ago; who would have guessed that a shark can live so up North? Furthermore, who would have thought he could be so peculiar?

According to some, they can live up to 200 years old, although that number is questionable according to some experts; what is clear is that they can grow over 7 meters long, feed on smaller whales and polar bears and their flesh is poisonous.

Doug Perrine had a close encounter with these elusive sharks when they ventured a little into warmer waters, in the search for food. Mr Perrine, from Kailua Kona, Hawaii was brave enough to swim no further away than 1 meter and take this fantastic shots.

‘These sharks were very placid and curious. They [Greenland shark] are much calmer than other sharks – they have an almost goofy, comical appearance – he said. ‘I was amazed because most sharks are very shy of divers and tend to avoid the sound of scuba bubbles, but these these were attracted to the sound. They even swam closer to investigate. ‘When I moved in closer to get a better shot, they did not flee but continued on their way at a steady pace.”

Andrei’s background is in geophysics, and he published his first scientific paper when he was still an undergrad; now, his main focus is on how geology and geophysics can be applied to understand and protect the environment. Feeling that there is a gap between scientists and the general audience, he started ZME Science – and the results are what you see today.

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