Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holy shark!

When National Geographic mechanical engineer Alan Turchik was reviewing deep-sea footage from the Russian arctic and realized his camera had captured an elusive Greenland shark far from its usual habitat, the result was a bleep-filled clip (VIEW IT HERE). The animal is the largest shark species on earth, but little is known about it because it has no commercial value and is not fished. There is no market for the meat of the Greenland shark because of potentially toxic chemicals in their blood. Journalist Jane J Lee writes, "Sled dogs fed Greenland shark meat exhibited symptoms including stumbling, vomiting, convulsions, and explosive diarrhea."

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