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Greenland Shark: One Species at a Time

A Greenland shark photographed in the St. Lawrence Estuary, near Baie-Comeau, Quebec

Jeffrey Gallant, GEERG,

Scientists know the Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) moves slowly in the Arctic's cold water. They also know that parasites attack the shark's eyes. But much about this animal remains a mystery. Marine biologist Greg Skomal says that's because the Greenland shark spends most of the year living under 6 feet of Arctic ice. Skomal works for the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. In this episode of the Encyclopedia of Life's One Species at a Time podcast, Skomal tells reporter Ari Daniel Shapiro what it's like to study these apex predators in the wild.

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