We’ve barely explored the world’s oceans, but when it comes to marine life living in the harsh conditions at the poles where few scientists and explorers can spend time, we are constantly being surprised by what we’re discovering. The Greenland shark — the largest shark in the dogfish family — is no exception. It’s slow — really slow — so scientists asked the logical question: “If it’s so slow, how does it catch prey?” The BBC reports on a recent study.
Data-logging tags revealed that Greenland sharks “cruise” at 0.34m per second – less than 1mph.
The study showed that, even when the languid fish embarks on a burst of speed in order to hunt, it is far too slow to catch a swimming seal.
Since the species is known to eat seals, the scientists think it probably “sneaks up on them” as they sleep under the water.
The Greenland shark was already known to be the world’s slowest swimming shark, but its sluggishness surprised the scientists.
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