The Longest Lived Species of Shark: The Greenland Shark


First Discovered, Habitat, &  Can Greenland Sharks Eat Polar Bears?

First Discovered

Back in 1936, off the coast of Greenland. This adventurous shark was later recaptured in 1952

First discovered

Through this encounter, scientists discovered that Greenland sharks grow at a leisurely pace of just 0.5–1 cm per year. Talk about taking life slowly


The Greenland shark is a denizen of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. You might be surprised to learn that this stealthy predator occasionally ventures as far south as the Gulf of Mexico


Ranging from 2.4 to 7 meters (7.9 to 23.0 feet) and weighing between 400 and 1,400 kg (880 to 3,090 lbs)


It’s dark gray, brown, or black coloration, coupled with a cylindrical body and small eyes

Feeding Mechanism

the Greenland shark has an interesting technique

Feeding Mechanism

With its rolling motion, this shark uses its upper jaw teeth, which are thin and pointed, to anchor itself while the lower jaw takes massive bites out of its prey

Feeding Mechanism

The lower teeth, interlocking and square in shape, contain short cusps that point outward

Can Greenland Sharks Eat Polar Bears?

Believe it or not, Greenland sharks, with their enormous size and immense appetite, have been known to feast on polar bears

Is the Greenland Shark Aggressive?

Fairly sluggish. Its slow movements and cold-water habitat make it a rather laid-back predator


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