The mysterious longest-living Greenland shark's Facts & Info

Binomial name

Somniosus microcephalus. It is a large shark of the family Somniosidae ("sleeper sharks").


This species' habitat is mainly the waters of the North Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic Ocean.

Height & Weight

When fully grown, it can grow to be 7 metres (23 feet) long and weigh 1,025 kg (2,260 pounds).


They are carnivorous, and a variety of fish, such as lesser sharks, eels, flounders, and sculpins, are frequently found in their diet.


These sharks may live for more than 500 years, making them the longest-living vertebrates in the world.

Fact 1

The fact that they inhabit areas where people do not often swim helps explain why they are not thought to be threatening to humans.

Fact 2

The meal of a Greenland shark is dangerous, and the neurotoxins in its flesh can give humans symptoms like extreme intoxication.

Recent News

One of the ocean giants was apparently taking a tropical break in the coral reefs off the coast of Belize, it shocked biologists.

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