The Greenland shark is found in Belize, Central America. The shark has a natural habitat around Greenland, Iceland and Canada. So it was remarkable when researchers found one of the animals in the waters of the Caribbean Sea.
The Greenland shark is a lover of cold waters, it can reach a length of more than seven meters and has clear blue eyes. According to Florida International University (FIU), this is the first time this species has appeared around the western Caribbean.
The discovery was made by Devanshi Kasana, a student at FIU. She was tagging tiger sharks with Belize fishermen. This is done in order to be able to track the movement of the search sharks. However, one of the sharks they obtained did not look like a tiger shark.
Cassana decided to take a picture and send it to her advisor in the Financial Intelligence Unit, Damian Chapman. She asserted that it was a Greenland shark, or a cross between a Greenland shark and a sleeping shark in the Pacific Ocean. “I know there are things in the deep water that we haven’t seen in Belize, but I never thought I would catch a shark in Greenland,” said a fisherman in Belize.
According to the Financial Intelligence Unit, it is entirely possible that there are more Greenland sharks in tropical waters around the world. But they will probably still be very deep, with the water being as cold as they used to be.
Research on the Greenland shark is limited because it is difficult for researchers to study a shark in such cold water. However, according to a 2016 study by the University of Copenhagen, this species is the longest-living vertebrate in the world. Greenland sharks can live for at least 400 years.
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